Another year is upon us and NCBA CLUSA has been actively engaged in legislative affairs that are essential to the advancement of cooperatives throughout the country. A couple of key pieces of legislation that touch the lives of our members are the Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG) and the Farm Bill.
Rural Cooperative Development Grants
NCBA CLUSA has been actively involved in the fiscal year 2014 appropriations process regarding funding for Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG) for the fiscal year ending on September 30th of this year. NCBA CLUSA President & CEO Michael Beall drafted a letter to both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees asking that the committee increase RCDG funding by the same percentage levels as the recently passed budget agreement, which increased overall federal spending caps by approximately 5% and offset cuts made by last year’s sequester.
In the letters, Beall stated that, “We understand that in this current fiscal environment, federal funding is limited and Congress has to make tough spending choices. We believe adequately funding the RCDG account however is a small price that will yield a sound investment toward rural economic development and job growth for more Americans.” Click here for the full letter to the House and Senate.