Biden Releases Rural America Plan

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has released its plan for Rural America, saying Biden will pursue a rural economic development strategy that “partners with rural communities to invest in their unique assets.”

The plan’s stated goal is to give young people more options to “live, work, and raise the next generation in rural America” and a trade policy “that works for American farmers.” That includes standing up to China to “negotiate the strongest possible position.”

Biden also plans to support beginning farmers by expanding the Obama Administration’s microloan program for new and beginning farmers.

Biden also wants to partner with farmers to make American agriculture first in the world to achieve net-zero emissions, giving farmers new sources of income in the process. This includes promoting ethanol by investing $400 billion in clean energy research. The plan calls for  “use every tool at his disposal,” including the federal fleet and the federal government’s purchasing power, to promote and advance renewable energy, ethanol, and other biofuels.