LETTER: WGA appreciates USDA efforts to engage with states on development of RISE program regulations

Western Governors appreciate U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) efforts to engage with states and stakeholders in the development of the Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) program regulations, which are being drafted by the USDA Rural-Business Cooperative Service pursuant to Section 6424 of the 2018 Farm Bill. This engagement will enhance the effectiveness of the program and ensure it meets the needs of rural communities. The Aug. 21 outreach, signed by WGA Executive Director James Ogsbury, references findings detailed in the Reimagining the Rural West Special Report, as well as WGA Policy Resolution 2020-07, Rural Development, outlining policy recommendations to improve rural economic development, infrastructure, and quality of life. Read, download the letter.

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