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Perdue presents Ag and Rural Prosperity task force findings to Trump

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will today ceremonially present the findings of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to President Trump at the 2018 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Since his inauguration, President Trump has made agriculture and rural America a high priority,” Perdue said in a statement. “On the day he swore me in to office, he tasked me with chairing the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. With the voice of rural America leading the way, and in close collaboration with local, state, and tribal leaders, 22 federal agencies, offices, and executive departments accepted the challenge to make rural America great again. We traveled to 30 states, held two RV Tours covering over 2,200 miles, and most importantly, we listened to the people of rural America.

“While the task force worked tirelessly to identify solutions to the problems plaguing our rural communities, there is more work ahead. No doubt, rural America has struggled under burdensome regulations with no voice in Washington, but under President Trump’s leadership, and with the work of this task force, we can turn that around and restore rural prosperity once and for all.”

On April 25, 2017, Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the task force “to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that impacts agriculture and rural communities.”  As Secretary of Agriculture, Perdue served as the task force’s chairman and identified over 100 recommendations to help improve life in rural America.

The recommendations centered around these five areas:

  1. E-Connectivity,
  2. Quality of Life,
  3. Rural Workforce,
  4. Technology, and
  5. Economic Development.

Source: USDA

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