On Wednesday, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee approved Congressman James Comer’s amendment to the Farm Bill.
The amendment will provide the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with accurate population information when determining if a county is eligible for Rural Development funding. This type of funding includes Rural Broadband grants and loans, Community Facilities grants and loans, home loans and more.
This is especially important for counties like Adair County. The county currently has a population of 19,485 people. It’s also home to a regional jail that serves surrounding counties. Congressman Comer’s amendment excludes people incarcerated on a regional basis from the total population, which helps counties approaching the 20,000 population cap for some Rural Development programs.
This provision ensures the USDA can accurately count the members of a community with the ability to utilize Rural Development programs and pay taxes to support repaying loans.
“Counties like Adair shouldn’t be denied the opportunity to address the needs of their rural communities because they are working with their neighbors for the benefit of the entire region. I’m proud the House Agriculture Committee approved my amendment to ensure places like Adair County are on a level playing field to compete for funding,” said Congressman Comer.