The U.S. Department of Agriculture has quietly begun to roll out the first of what it says will be hundreds of millions of rural development notifications, a critical piece of the country’s rural development effort.
The bill, called Rural Development Notification Act, was introduced in the House of Representatives in January, but the House never voted on it, as it has since the midterm elections.
It was supposed to be introduced in April but died in the Senate.
The Department of Justice will be issuing a preliminary notice of compliance on April 13, according to the Department of Labor’s Office of Rural and Regional Affairs.
The notification process, which will take a few months, will require recipients to notify their states and localities of their intent to comply with the law.
They will also need to give the DOJ and USDA an opportunity to respond to them before the notification is finalized.
The government has yet to decide which states and counties will receive the notifications.
The bill is also scheduled to go to the White House for a signature.
Rural Development Notification will help the Department to monitor the health of rural areas, improve local economic development, and encourage farmers to invest in their own communities, said Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the bill’s main sponsor.
The legislation is the latest effort by the Trump administration to roll back key aspects of President Barack Obama’s 2009 Farm Bill that gave rural Americans and states more autonomy and the right to grow their own food.
The Farm Bill included a series of rural assistance programs, including a farm bill that gave state and local governments more power to spend money to help rural Americans with farm-related issues.
It also required the federal government to provide loans to states and cities for farm expansion and revitalization.
The farm bill’s economic stimulus package included $3.2 billion in funding to help states and communities expand their rural economies, and $8 billion in agricultural subsidies for farmers and ranchers.