On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural Development, and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing covering the future of USDA's Rural Development programs.
During the hearing, legislators and witnesses discussed programs set or proposed for the coming year and in the 2007 Farm Bill.
"As this subcommittee moves forward in writing a rural development title in the 2007 Farm Bill, it is essential that rural citizens and communities have access and opportunity to flexible development programs that strengthen the fabric of rural
"By extending broadband to rural areas and upgrading infrastructure, we can create a better life for rural
The opening statements of all five witnesses, including USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Thomas C. Dorr, are available on the House Agriculture Committee website at agriculture.house.gov/hearings/index.html.