Secretary Perdue’s Rural Task Force Meets
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue hosted the inaugural meeting of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in Washington D.C. This follows President Trump’s April 25 executive order establishing this task force to “identify legislative, regulatory, and policy changes to promote in rural America agriculture, economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security, and quality of life…”
This task force consists of Secretary of Agriculture Perdue (chair), Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Chair of the Federal Communication Commission Ajit Pai, and a number of other government officials from a wide variety of departments and agencies.
Within 180 days, Secretary Perdue in coordination with other members of the task force are to submit a report to the President detailing their findings. A few notable goals of the task force as laid out within the President’s executive order include removing economic barriers, advancing rural technology and innovation, strengthening educational opportunities, and improving food safety among others.
In a statement issued after the meeting Secretary Perdue said, “we are telling rural America that we’re here, we’re listening, and we’re going to help provide you with the resources, tools, and support to build robust, sustainable communities for generations to come.”