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 2020 appropriations process by meeting or exceeding FY 2019 funding levels. USDA Rural Development programs provide critical investments to key rural county priorities.
  • Policy Brief

    Support Key County Priorities as Congress Implements the 2018 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 | Aug. 2, 2019

    The August recess in the federal legislative calendar provides a unique opportunity for county leaders to communicate with members of Congress, demonstrate the impact of your efforts in your communities and advocate for the federal programs that help to strengthen local programs and initiatives.

  • Advocacy | Jan. 2, 2019

    NACo works to preserve local decision making, to protect counties from unfunded mandates and local preemption and to strengthen the federal-state-local partnership.

  • Press Release | Dec. 13, 2018

    Key county victories achieved in rural development, nutrition, conservation

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Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee

Chair

Melissa McKinlay
Commissioner
Palm Beach County, Florida

 

Vice Chair

Terry Burroughs
Commissioner
Okeechobee County, Florida

 

Harrison Moody
Supervisor
Dinwiddie County, Virginia

 

Craig Pedersen
Supervisor
Kings County, California

 

Luis Sanchez
Commissioner
Midland County, Texas

 

Subcommittee Chair

Bob Fox (Agriculture and Food Safety)
Commissioner
Renville County, Minnesota

 

James Schmidt (Rural Development)
Commissioner
Lincoln County, South Dakota

 

Subcommittee Vice Chair

Alexander Barnett (Agriculture and Food Safety)
County Judge/Executive
Harrison County, Kentucky

 

Tony Cherry (Rural Development)
Commissioner
Choctaw County, Alabama

 

Melvyn Houser
County Supervisor
Pottawattamie County, Iowa

 

Keith Langenhahn (Agriculture and Food Safety)
Field Services Representative
Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin

 

David Meyer (Agriculture and Food Safety)
Chairman
Washington County, Illinois

 

Lee Patterson (Rural Development)
Commissioner
Calhoun County, Alabama

 

Contact

  • Associate Legislative Director – Political Outreach Manager  
    (202) 942-4230