By Tom Grumbly and Chris Novak
Rural America is at the epicenter of multiple challenges facing our country including higher COVID rates, higher poverty rates, and significant infrastructure needs, from roads and bridges to rural broadband. Farmers, ranchers, foresters, and other growers are the lifeblood of our rural communities, but these individuals were left out of the economic growth that occurred pre-COVID and have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Strengthening investments in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs can help rebuild our rural communities, provide solutions to climate change, enhance our agricultural food systems, and address critical national security, environmental justice, and nutritional needs.
Published on Agri-Pulse, see full OpEd here: https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/15965-opinion-its-time-to-step-up-our-investments-in-rural-america-and-agriculture.
About the authors:
Tom Grumbly, President, SoAR - Mr. Grumbly has held senior leadership positions across government, non-profits, and industry over the course of his 40-year career. He has held senior policy roles in the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration, as well as serving on Capitol Hill.
Chris Novak, President and CEO, CropLife America - Mr. Novak serves on the SoAR Board, and has held leadership positions for key Indiana commodity organizations. Earlier in his career, he worked at Syngenta, American Soybean Association, and on Capitol Hill.