State Strategies In Rural Affairs and Agriculture

NLGA is publishing State Strategy Perspectives from NLGA members and NLGA Partners from September 2020 – February 2021.  These were published in September of 2020.

Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, IowaLt. Governor Gregg Empowers Rural Iowa Communities
·         Rural set-asides in tax credit & grant programs & eased regs for projects
·         Targeted broadband incentives for higher speeds and underserved areas
·         Investing in rural leadership development
National Association of Home Builders“Soaring Lumber Costs Have Added $16,000 to the Price of a New Home”
·         Spur ag jobs by calling for/incentivizing increased lumber production; &
·         Improve rural housing affordability by asking for the prioritization of a softwood lumber agreement with Canada.
Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, IllinoisEducate On & Highlight Agricultural Producers
·         Ensure & advocate for ag education for all young people, in all states
·         Highlight farmers, producers, specialty growers, & businesses
·         Rural, young people need access to post-secondary education & broadband
Abbott NutritionMalnutrition as a Social Determinant of Health
·         Malnutrition is a determinant of health, esp. for older adults & minorities
·         Malnourished patients have longer hospital stays, higher costs & mortality.
·         Educate patients on the importance of talking nutrition with doctors.
Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, IndianaA Report: State Strategies for Rural Recovery Post-COVID
·         Universities, state agencies, the lieutenant governor & more work together.
·         Keeping people housed in rural areas is essential.
·         Broadband is essential to rural agribusiness, education, & health
The Pew Charitable TrustsState Broadband Programs: Who Runs Them & What Are They Doing?
·         1/3 of states have broadband goals in an agency; others in task forces
·         Improving broadband includes engaging stakeholders, managing reliable data, executing plans, and administering grants
Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers, KansasThe Office of Rural Prosperity
·         LG leads Offc of Rural Prosperity=listening tour of 130 mtgs in 44 towns
·         Conducting 1st housing study in decades for targeted investments
·         KS Certified Sites Program tells developers when the state deems a site ideal for investment and growth.
No Kid HungrySummer SNAP for Children: A Tool to Feed Hungry Kids in Rural Communities
·         MD provides an add’l $30 per summer month & $10 in Dec for each child in households receiving SNAP benefits, directly to existing EBT cards.
·         The model taps existing food supply chains & generates add’l revenue for food retailers & local economies while providing nutritional assistance.
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, LouisianaCrawfish Etouffee never tasted so good
·         LA produces about 90% of the nation’s commercial crawfish
·         These come from 120,000 acres of ponds on at least 120,000 farms.
·         Many crawfish ponds are also cultivated to produce rice the same year.
Americans for the ArtsThe Rebuilding Power of The Arts in Rural Communities
·         Rural arts draw nonlocal audiences at >r rates than urban (31% vs 19%).
·         Innovation companies in rural counties rises proportionately w/ local arts
·         Residents of arts-rich rural communities earn higher incomes
ADMADM Innovation
·         In unlocking nature to enrich the quality of life:
·         ADM feed optimizes shrimp growth by 10% & reduces mortality by 40%.
·         Developed FDME, a building-block for sustainable plastics