Washington, DC (December 20, 2018) – Today, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Inc. (RCAP) celebrate the five-year comprehensive Farm Bill as it is signed into law. RCAP submitted recommendations to Congress for the Rural Development Title of the 2018 Farm Bill, several of which were adopted in the final version, including strengthening critical rural infrastructure and technical assistance funding for USDA’s Water and Environmental Programs with priority given to rural communities facing serious water contamination issues.
“The 2018 Farm Bill is incredibly important to the smallest, rural communities, and the bill signed today will provide much needed programs and resources for rural communities across the country.” stated Nathan Ohle, Executive Director of RCAP. “RCAP was proud to advocate for programs that will provide technical assistance to rural water and wastewater systems across the country, and to be a leading voice on issues and programs that will spur economic opportunity for some of the most distressed communities across the country.”
The newly-signed legislation will provide access to capital, infrastructure, and innovation to provide locally-driven, long-term economic growth for rural communities better . It incentivizes investment in rural communities with the greatest need, expands strategies to ensure that all Americans have their basic infrastructure needs like safe drinking water and helps spur innovation and drive economic opportunity through entrepreneurship and small business growth. The Farm Bill also modernizes and reauthorizes much-needed funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s successful Household Water Well System Grant Program and includes assistance to low- and moderate-income households in rural areas to protect their drinking water and ensure water quality to protect these individuals’ health.
RCAP is a non-profit organization reaching rural and small communities throughout the United States to improve quality of life by starting at the tap. RCAP helps communities ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitary wastewater and solid waste disposal through technical assistance and training. To learn more about this work visit: rcap.org.