Agriculture and Rural Development


Rural South Dakota town.

Challenges Facing Rural Communities

Rural America is undergoing changes, and state legislatures are responding. Legislatures in nine states have initiated rural commissions and committees, dedicated to improving rural areas of their state. 


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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Implementation and Key Resources

President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law on Nov. 15, 2021. Find a detailed summary of the major provisions impacting states. You can also watch an NCSL staff briefing for legislators and legislative staff providing a deep dive on the bill or access the slide presentation.



Agriculture and Rural Development


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State Industrial Hemp Statutes

State legislatures have taken action to promote industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity in recent years. At least 41 states passed legislation related to industrial hemp.


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NCSL Rural Health Resources

Rural Americans continue to grapple with significant challenges accessing health care services. This web page is a compilation of NCSL resources on several key policy areas related to rural health. These include general rural health topics, health care workforce and scope of practice, telehealth, rural health facilities and specific health care services in rural communities.


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Natural Resources and Infrastructure

The Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee is one of eight NCSL Standing Committees that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff to learn about and share information regarding programs and initiatives in other states.



The Agriculture Task Force  examines state and federal agricultural policy issues and serves as the conduit for state legislative communication with Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other federal agencies.