Agriculture & Rural Affairs Steering Committee

Responsible for all matters pertaining to USDA agriculture, rural development programs, rural renewable energy development, research and extension, food safety, and conservation programs. 

2016 Policy Briefs

  • Policy Brief

    Maintain Funding for USDA Rural Development Programs

    Urge your Members of Congress to support U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development programs throughout the FY 2018 appropriations process by meeting or exceeding FY 2017 funding levels. USDA Rural Development programs provide critical investments to key rural county priorities.

Latest Resources

  • Advocacy | Aug. 3, 2017

    It is critical for America's public lands counties that Congress work together to develop a bi-partisan, bi-cameral funding solution for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.

  • Advocacy | Jul. 26, 2017

    With the Summer Congressional recess starting Friday, July 28th, county leaders have a great opportunity to advocate for county legislative and regulatory priorities right at home. NACo has put together the following information to help you be an effective advocate during the summer recess.

  • Document | Jul. 18, 2017

    Urge your members of congress to support county priorities throughout the development of the next farm bill. Programs throughout the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) help counties make critical investments in infrastructure, workforce and economic development, nutrition and conservation for some of our nation’s most underserved communities. Preserving these programs is vital to the strength and stability of our local and national economy. 

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Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee


Luis Sanchez
Midland County, Texas


Vice Chair

Bob Fox
Renville County, Minnesota


Melissa McKinlay
Palm Beach County, Florida


Albert Turner
Perry County, Alabama


Larry White
Escambia County, Alabama


Subcommittee Chair

Melvyn Houser (Agriculture and Food Safety)
Pottawattamie County, Iowa


Harrison Moody (Rural Development)
Dinwiddie County, Virginia


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