According to rural-themed network RFD-TV, House Agriculture Committee chair Michael Conaway (R-Tex.) has announced that the network will now be available to House members in their offices (digital ch. 122).
The channel provides agricultural news as well as entertainment programming.
“From the halls of Congress to the fields of rural America, RFD-TV provides quality programming ranging from key agriculture news of the day to agribusiness and entertainment,” Conway said in announcing the addition, according to RFD. “Importantly, RFD-TV’s news and programming not only highlights the contributions of production. "I believe the news and programming of RFD-TV offers important perspectives that my colleagues in the House of Representatives would benefit from, and I’m pleased to share with you that, at my request, RFD-TV has now been added to the House of Representatives Digital Channel Lineup."
RFD-TV has been on a roll in D.C., literally, under the new Republican Administration. Back in January, its Rural Tractor Brigade was added to the Inaugural Parade.
The cable network has long been active in Washington, pushing for carriage and the issue of access to independent programming more broadly. It has a Washington bureau at the Department of Agriculture, and founder Patrick Gottsch has long been active in Washington on program access issues, particularly during merger reviews, when there are opportunities to push for carriage, enlisting a large fan base including legislators from rural and Western states.
According to the Nashville-based network, RFD-TV reaches more than 52 million homes (100 million worldwide), via MVPD services including Dish, DirecTV, Comcast, AT&T, Charter, Cox and Mediacom.