Enabling Legislation

Congressional Authorization

In 2000, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY2001 (P.L. 106-554) included language authorizing the creation of the DRA based on the seven participating states of the Lower Mississippi Delta Development Commission (LMDDC), with the addition of Alabama.

The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2008, more commonly known as the 2008 Farm Bill (P.L. 107-171), provided new funds for Delta regional projects.

DRA was most recently authorized through the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, more commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill (P.L. 115-334), which reauthorized the DRA from FY2019 to FY2023.

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