On June 1, the WSWC submitted written testimony to to the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. The testimony focused on general support for several water-focused programs within the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that benefit small, rural and tribal communities, as well as important data collection programs that inform water management.
Agriculture sustains many rural economies, provides important employment opportunities, and is a vital national industry. Federal funding is critically important for many agricultural communities, and USDA plays a crucial role in implementing programs that deliver assistance. USDA programs help to provide water and wastewater infrastructure, technical assistance, financial assistance, and conservation measures that ensure water is an available resource and that allow the agricultural industry to thrive