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

  • Press Release | Dec. 13, 2018

    Key county victories achieved in rural development, nutrition, conservation

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  • Document | Sep. 20, 2018

    As the governing authority over the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the farm bill is critical for counties who are responsible for delivering and administering vital services to many of our nation’s vulnerable families.

  • Reports & Toolkits | Sep. 12, 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."

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Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee

Chair

Melissa McKinlay
Commissioner, Mayor
Palm Beach County, Florida

 

Vice Chair

Bob Fox
Commissioner
Renville County, Minnesota

 

Craig Pedersen
Supervisor
Kings County, California

 

Luis Sanchez
Commissioner
Midland County, Texas

 

Albert Turner
Commissioner
Perry County, Alabama

 

Subcommittee Chair

Harrison Moody (Agriculture and Food Safety)
Supervisor
Dinwiddie County, Virginia

 

Larry White (Rural Development)
Commissioner
Escambia County, Alabama

 

Subcommittee Vice Chair

Lawrence Harvey (Rural Development)
Commissioner
Putnam County, Florida

 

Kade Holliday (Agriculture and Food Safety)
County Clerk
Craighead County, Arkansas

 

Melvyn Houser (Rural Development)
Auditor
Pottawattamie County, Iowa

 

Unzell Kelley (Agriculture and Food Safety)
Commissioner
Coosa County, Alabama

 

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

 

Contact

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