USDA Investing $420 Million in Infrastructure Projects

The USDA announced it will invest $420 million in 132 infrastructure projects in 31 states. The funds will get used for projects like rehabilitating dams, flood prevention, and watershed restoration projects. The investments are funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and build on an earlier $166 billion investment earlier this year. Projects earmarked for funding […]

Biden Announces Rural Playbook, Infrastructure Tour

The White House is out with its Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Rural Playbook. The Administration said the playbook helps local, state, tribal, and territorial governments unlock the benefits of investments in the national infrastructure. The president and other senior administration officials will also launch an infrastructure tour to directly-engage rural communities across the country. The Rural […]

USDA Awards $8.2 Million For Rural Oregon Infrastructure Projects

The USDA announced Thursday it is investing $8.2 million to improve rural Oregon infrastructure. The Department said these investments will help expand access to clean water and high-speed internet in rural communities across the state. Here is a breakdown of hose the funds will be used: Pioneer Telephone Cooperative will use a $3 million grant to […]

Future of Build Back Better Still A Question

The centerpiece of President Biden’s agenda is set to take center-stage in the Senate. This comes with less than two weeks remaining before Democrats’ self-imposed Christmas deadline to pass the almost $2 trillion social spending and climate bill known as Build Back Better. Democrats say the bill will help with inflation by reducing costs for […]

AFBF Opposes Build Back Better

Despite new funding for forestry, conservation and Ag research, the American Farm Bureau Federation says President Biden’s “Build Back Better” Act is bad for rural America. Much of the concern is over tax hikes and inflation. AFBF President Zippy Duval recently wrote to House lawmakers regarding the $2 trillion prices of legislation that focuses on […]

White House: Infrastructure Deal to Improve Supply Chain

A White House fact sheet released this week said the bipartisan infrastructure deal will improve the supply chain. The report said the infrastructure legislation will make fundamental changes that are long overdue for ports, airports, rail and roads to ensure supply chains are more resilient and efficient from future shocks. According to some rankings, no […]

Vilsack: Infrastructure Bill Has Big Benefits For Farming Community

The “traditional” infrastructure, is bound for President Biden’s desk, but he said he won’t sign it until Congress is back in session. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA’s normal budget has many programs to support climate smart agriculture. But, according to the head of the USDA: “Build back better contains an historic amount of […]

Ag Groups Praise Infrastructure Legislation Passage

Weekend passage in the House of Representatives of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act led to a slew of farm groups praising the action. The House passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, which includes $550 billion in new spending. According to the National Farmers Union, the historic bipartisan infrastructure bill addresses the critical infrastructure […]

Independent Bankers Concerned About Infrastructure Proposal

As Congressional democrats continue to work on passing the $3.5 trillion infrastructure package on to President Biden’s desk, some in farm country are concerned about some of the details in the proposal. Paul Merski, Executive Vice President of Congressional Relations and Strategy for the Independent Community Bankers of America, is seriously concerned about a proposal […]