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‘Build back’ bill has nearly $90 billion for ag and rural America

The USDA would receive nearly $90 billion through the “build back better” bill to mitigate climate change, reduce the risk of wildfires, provide debt relief for economically distressed farmers, and encourage rural economic growth, said the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday. The House was headed toward a vote on the social welfare and climate change bill later this week.

An additional $10 billion for child nutrition programs, headlined by school lunch, was also in the bill, according to Senate Agriculture chairwoman Debbie Stabenow. The Senate committee has jurisdiction over child nutrition, but in the House, oversight belongs not to the Agriculture Committee but to the Education and Labor Committee.

“The agricultural provisions in the Build Back Better plan include billions of dollars for critical investments in agriculture and our rural communities,” said the House Agriculture Committee in a release.

The committee’s fact sheet on the bill is available here.

Produced with FERN, non-profit reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health.

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