|Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand|
Gillibrand's plan "would create a $50 billion fund at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the agency to distribute as block grants," Linh Ta reports for the Des Moines Register. Rural communities and tribal nations could get the flexible grants to address issues like rebuilding water lines, housing, building roads, railroads, disaster recover, entrepreneurship and job training."
Gillibrand says she would put $60 billion into rural-broadband buildout, $750 million for a rural technology skills program, $250 million for arts, food and cultural amenities to make rural areas more attractive to young people, and increase funding for the Rural Cooperative Development Program.
She would also increase funding for telehealth services and "give farmers support from the USDA to develop new practices to put carbon back into the ground while working to limit nutrient loss. It would also offer new insurance protections and energy infrastructure for farms," Ta reports.
Some other candidates, like Bernie Sanders, John Hickenlooper and John Delaney have released comprehensive rural plans, while others have released plans for specific rural issues. "Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), is releasing draft legislation today that would encourage sustainable agriculture and other “nature-based” strategies for combating climate change," Ryan McCrimmon reports for Politico's Morning Agriculture. "The bill would include billions of dollars to encourage climate-friendly farm practices and support renewable energy projects for farmers and rural businesses."
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