Bustos Highlights Agriculture Investments in the Build Back Better Act

MOLINE — Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) highlighted how the Build Back Better Act will help farmers and rural America. The agricultural provisions in the Build Back Better Act include billions of dollars for critical investments in agriculture and our rural communities. Last week, Congresswoman Bustos voted to pass the Build Back Better Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation now awaits upcoming action in the U.S. Senate. 

“The historic investments in American families made by the Build Back Better Act will improve lives and livelihoods for folks across the country — particularly in rural communities like the ones I’m proud to serve,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “This bill will increase opportunity and improve quality of life for rural Americans. From investments in agricultural research and biofuels infrastructure to debt relief and conservation efforts, coupled with reduced costs of health care, child and elder care, education and housing, the Build Back Better Act will ensure that family farmers and rural communities have the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century.” 

Included in this package are multiple bipartisan proposals that Congresswoman Bustos fought to include:

  • $2 billion in investments in agricultural research and infrastructure: Other countries, such as China, are outspending the US on research investments and this money will help close the gap and make America more competitive on a global scale.
  • $960 million for biofuels infrastructure: This grant funding will be used to ensure that biofuels are more available in the marketplace by allowing gas stations to upgrade their pumps and tanks to handle higher blends of ethanol.
  • Nearly $1 billion for the Rural Partnership Program: The Rural Partnership Program will help local communities build capacity to address local issues by providing flexible, long-term funding to local governments, nonprofits and other organizations for staffing, technical assistance and more. 
  • $18 billion to promote rural jobs: These investments will ensure those living in rural America have access to clean water as well as reliable and efficient renewable energy. This funding will also support investments in renewable biofuels infrastructure important to farmers, the fight against a shifting climate and flexible funding for rural community growth.
  • More than $13 billion in critical debt relief for farmers in need: USDA will tailor its programs to support new and existing farmers through outreach, education and technical assistance. This is offset by $6 billion in funding that was included in the American Rescue Plan Act. 
  • $27.15 billion in investments in forestry programs: These investments will help combat forest fires and contribute to healthy, resilient forests.
  • $28.29 billion in historic investments in vital conservation programs.

Additional information on agriculture provisions in the Build Back Better Act can be found here