In testimony on behalf of the National Association of Counties (NACo), Mathias McCauley, director of regional planning and community development for the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, this week urged the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to make rural development programs and funding a priority in the 2012 Farm Bill.

Congress is in the process of considering reauthorization of the Farm Bill, which expires later this year. NACo supports full funding of all titles in the 2012 reauthorization of the Farm Bill which includes critical support for agriculture, rural development, nutrition, research and conservation. Reauthorizing the Farm Bill and placing a particular emphasis within this reauthorization on enhanced and flexible rural development resources is a key legislative priority for NACo.