Biden Plan Seeks to Boost Rural America Through Investments

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday sought to build on his appeal to rural voters with the release of a broad plan to revitalize rural America through investments in agriculture, rural economies and infrastructure.   "We have to ensure we bring along everyone," the former vice president said in Manning, an Iowa town of about 1,500 residents. "Doesn't matter if you live in skyscraper in Manhattan or here in Manning, your child is entitled" to every benefit America has to offer.   The plan builds on policies Biden has already released on health care and climate change and expands on a number of policies first introduced in the Obama administration. It sets the ambitious goal of making America's agriculture industry the first in the world to achieve net-zero emissions, by expanding a program that incentivizes farmers to engage in conservation and by allowing farmers to participate in carbon markets in which companies can essentially pay them to offset their own emissions. The plan pledges to invest in "bio-based manufacturing" to bring jobs back to rural America by using agricultural byproducts in manufacturing.   It also includes a $20 billion investment in rural broadband infrastructure, a commitment to prioritize the poorest rural counties for federal investments and a promise to create a federal working group to help rural communities figure out how to apply for federal funds and resources. And it features a raft of policies aimed at bolstering rural health care access, including doubling the funding for community health centers and expanding the use of telehealth services and rural medical residency programs.   Biden's plan is one of a series of rural-focused policy proposals released by 2020 Democratic presidential contenders. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota have released policies focused specifically on the agriculture industry,... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Biden Plan Seeks to Boost Rural America Through Investments, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Biden Plan Seeks to Boost Rural America Through Investments





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Wednesday, 17 July



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