On April 25, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled ‘Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America’.
The Order establishes an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity, which will be supported and funded by the Department of Agriculture. (To read the full text of the Executive Order, click here)
The Task Force will be comprised of 22 members representing the Chairs and Directors of a wide spectrum of government agencies, and will be chaired by the Sonny Perdue, newly-confirmed Secretary of Agriculture.
The stated purpose of the Task Force will be to identify changes in policy, regulations and law that will promote rural America agriculture. Some areas identified for study are increased educational opportunity in rural communities, regionalization of economic development programs, access to reliable workforce, preservation of family farms, improve science-based food safety regulations and policies, encourage exports of agricultural products, advance renewable energy in the rural landscape and expand access to grazing, timber harvesting, mining and recreation on public lands.
The Task Force will be open to recommendations for legislative, regulatory and policy changes from stakeholders, and will produce a report of their findings within 180 days from the date of signing.
We will be briefing members on news of the progress of the Task Force over the next six months.
Bob Haefner and Tara Sad
CSG/ERC Agriculture & Rural Affairs Policy Advisors