Supporting rural infrastructure providers is a critical component of how Farm Credit supports rural communities and agriculture. American agriculture not only feeds the world but creates millions of jobs for U.S. workers. Our nation's ability to produce food and fiber and transport it efficiently across the globe is crucial to our nation's competitiveness internationally. Deteriorating infrastructure threatens our ability to compete and negatively impacts the ability of rural Americans to do their jobs.
Rural America's future viability depends on access to basic and critical investments to transportation, energy, water, healthcare and other rural facilities to attract businesses and people. Farm Credit supports rural electric cooperatives, water and wastewater facilities, healthcare entities and rural communications providers. And the need for upgrading and expanding these vital services is staggering.
Past initiatives often focused on urban and suburban areas while not adequately addressing the unique structural needs of rural areas. Rural communities have seen their infrastructure deteriorate, jeopardizing their jobs, their families' health and well-being and their competitiveness in both agricultural and other industries important to rural America.
That is why Farm Credit helped establish the Rebuild Rural Coalition. This group of more than 200 organizations from across the country focuses on rural communities, U.S. agricultural producers, rural businesses and rural families. It advocates for meaningful investments for rural America and understands that rural America’s infrastructure needs are fundamentally different.
Learn more about our involvement in advocating for policies and programs that help rebuild rural American infrastructure.