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Earlier this year, my colleague Jim Giles wrote about the importance of viewing soil as infrastructure. So when the Senate passed its $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act last week, I was curious to see if this monumental bill shared Jim’s view.
Unfortunately not is the short answer. The bill is using an old-school definition of infrastructure that doesn’t include agriculture.
Nonetheless, a few components of the bipartisan bill, by far the largest infrastructure package in decades, support sustainable agriculture. The expansion of rural broadband is the most notable improvement for American farmers. Although more indirectly, investments in transportation, water and wildfire risk reduction will also benefit them. So what do these investments look like?