Sending Office: Honorable Timothy J. Walz
Elimination of Farm Bill Energy Title Means More Expenses for Rural Communities
May 14, 2018
Farm bill energy programs play an essential role in our rural economy, helping to create thousands of jobs in rural communities. These programs have helped advance the bioeconomy, created value-added opportunities for producers, developed advanced biofuels,
and saved rural Americans millions on their energy bills.
But not anymore.
H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, eliminates the energy title by merging it into the bill’s section focusing on rural development, and
eliminates all energy program mandatory spending.
As our farm and rural economies continue to cope with a 52 percent decline in farm income, it is irresponsible to cut programs that create jobs in rural communities, support commodity prices, and help lift the bottom lines of our farmers
and rural businesses. Pulling the plug is a blow to our farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses who look to these programs to help stabilize their operations and help them survive during downward commodity price cycles like we’re experiencing right now.
Farmers and rural businesses are surrounded by natural resources that can help increase our energy security and power their own operations. Harnessing the energy sources like wind, biofuel, sun, and biomass that are so abundant in rural areas helps provide
affordable energy options for our communities and save our rural businesses money through energy efficiency and renewable energy options.
By eliminating funding for farm bill energy programs, H.R. 2 takes away valuable tools for our farmers and ranchers to improve their operations, become more efficient, and weather the downturn in the rural economy more easily.
Member of Congress
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