Senators pledge support for increased funding of Rural Cooperative Development Grant program

By: Kate LaTour/NCBA CLUSA

RCDG funds have helped MCDC assist in the development of new cooperative businesses across rural Montana, including Fresh Start Cooperative (pictured above) in Geraldine, MT. Photo by Guy Gregory.

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) last week led a group of eight senators in a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee leadership requesting $8 million for the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program, echoing NCBA CLUSA’s request to increase funding for the only federal program dedicated to advancing the impact of cooperative businesses.

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