Far-right conservatives have already forced several spending bills into another possible government shutdown over the winter, making it necessary for the Farm Bill to go unaddressed until next fall.
The UW Madison Board Of Regents will use a nearly $200,000 grant to provide technical assistance to start-up cooperatives, as well as established cooperatives, in the areas of food systems, forestry, manufacturing, child care, and veterinary services.
The Farm Bill—reviewed and renewed every five years by Congress—is the main funder of rural economic development, which helps local governments, small businesses, and families in Wisconsin.
While certain federal benefits won’t be impacted, a government shutdown would affect a number of other benefits that rural communities rely on, such as food and housing assistance.
A new report outlines rural policy recommendations focused on four major tenets: protecting people’s freedom to live and work safely; investing in infrastructure; reining in corporate greed and protecting workers, small businesses, and family farmers; and creating opportunities for a better future.
Participants of the 2023 Rural Policy Action Summit spoke about how to expand resources for those in rural communities, among other topics.