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

  • 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

  • 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.

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Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee


Melissa McKinlay
Commissioner, Mayor
Palm Beach County, Florida


Vice Chair

Bob Fox
Renville County, Minnesota


Craig Pedersen
Kings County, California


Luis Sanchez
Midland County, Texas


Albert Turner
Perry County, Alabama


Subcommittee Chair

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


Larry White (Rural Development)
Escambia County, Alabama


Subcommittee Vice Chair

Lawrence Harvey (Rural Development)
Putnam County, Florida


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


Melvyn Houser (Rural Development)
Pottawattamie County, Iowa


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


James Schmidt (Rural Development)
Lincoln County, South Dakota



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