Trump to Upgrade Permitting Process, Centralize Agencies

Trump to Upgrade Permitting Process, Centralize Agencies

In an effort to streamline agricultural permitting processes, the Trump administration is looking into creating a shared workspace for offices of agencies including Department of Agriculture , Department of the Interior, and Army Corps of Engineers. According to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, this could eliminate the occurrence of conflicting decisions and bureaucratic red tape.

“In agriculture we’ve gotten some of those mixed signals before, and they’re very frustrating,” Perdue said about mixed communication delaying infrastructure projects.

The shared workspace for these agencies will essentially create a one-stop-shop for those seeking permits. Having these governing agencies under one roof will improve efficiency and keep progress moving forward, said Perdue

“We’re talking about all of us working together. That’s going to be one of the benefits of this administration,” Perdue said. “The better we can do in coordinating the paper processing and the permitting processing, the environmental studies that need to be done … the better off we are.”

As the discussion for colocation of agencies continues, Perdue also announced a new approach to matching farmers “at the dusk of your career” with mentors from the Service Corps of Retired Executives. The SCORE program is tasked with helping young farmers, paired with a seasoned mentor, develop a solid strategy to set them up for future successes in agricultural business.

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