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10-30-20 | Association News

Irrigation Association Supports Water Infrastructure Bill

USDA Program Looking to Increase Agriculture by 40%

The WIFIA Improvement Act was introduced to Congress in mid-September as a bipartisan bill that would increase the ability of public water infrastructure projects to receive long-term federal loans.

The Irrigation Association gave public support to the WIFIA Improvement Act, a proposed bill that will amend the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014 which makes water projects eligible for low-interest, long-term federal loans. More specifically, public water infrastructure projects could receive federal funding for up to 55 years as opposed to 35 as stated under the current 2014 legislation.

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Additionally, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been pushing its Agriculture Innovation Agenda which aims to increase agricultural production by 40% and decrease the industry's carbon footprint by 50% within the next 30 years. Recognizing these efforts, the Irrigation Association has expressed support for the USDA and, in acknowledging the negative impacts the pandemic has had on farming, started working together with Congress to expand and streamline relief programs for the nation's farmers and ranchers.

https://www.irrigation.org/IA/Tagged_List/IA_Times/2020/October/Continuing_priorities.aspx

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