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. 

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.
  • Policy Brief

    Congress Begins Work on Next Farm Bill

    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. 

Latest Resources

  • Reports & Toolkits | Apr. 5, 2018

    In order to educate federal policymakers on issues around Medicaid and justice-involved individuals, NACo recently released a new report titled, "Medicaid Coverage and County Jails: Understanding Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Health Outcomes for Justice-Involved Individuals."

  • Reports & Toolkits | Mar. 29, 2018

    The Farm Bill contains programs that assist counties in rural development efforts, nutrition assistance programs, conservation initiatives, renewable energy deployment, support for new farmers and ranchers, and business development initiatives.

  • Reports & Toolkits | Mar. 23, 2018

    Nearly six months after the start of federal fiscal year (FY) 2018, Congressional leaders have reached agreement on a spending package that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2018.

Join a steering committee and make a difference. Learn more about getting involved in NACo's Agriculture & Rural Affairs Steering Committee:

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee


Luis Sanchez
Midland County, Texas


Vice Chair

Bob Fox
Renville County, Minnesota


Melissa McKinlay
Commissioner, Mayor
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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