NARC Applauds 2018 Farm Bill Reauthorization

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) would like to thank congressional leadership, Farm Bill conference members, and the president for passing into law a bipartisan compromise on the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization.

We applaud the expansion of the Strategic Economic and Community Development Program, which will further incentivize regional collaboration by prioritizing funding for projects that support the implementation of multijurisdictional and multisectoral strategic community investment plans.

We also appreciate with the critical federal investments provided to rural communities for clean water, wastewater, and broadband infrastructure; addressing the nation’s opioid crisis; rural businesses and entrepreneurship; nutrition assistance and healthy food access; local and regional food systems; and regional conservation.

Because of this reauthorization, our regions will be one step closer to addressing the biggest challenges facing our rural residents today for a better tomorrow.

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