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By Kalee Olson
Center for Rural Affairs 

Funding for small businesses, conservation program valuable to rural communities


A new farm bill is top of mind for many farmers, ranchers and rural community members. However, amidst the ongoing discussions and negotiations, another important conversation is beginning to unfold. In the weeks ahead, members of Congress will outline federal spending levels for 2025, including funding for programs that impact agriculture and small businesses.

After much delay, Congress passed its 2024 budget earlier this month to fund the federal government through Sept. 30. The bill came after a series of continuing resolutions to keep the government afloat to allow for negotiations to cont...

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