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Establishment of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity

Posted by USDA in Rural
Jun 14, 2017

On April 25th, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order promoting agriculture and rural prosperity in America. This Executive Order directs the establishment of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to "promote economic development and revitalization, job growth, infrastructure, innovation, and quality of life issues for rural America." As Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue will serve as the task force's chairman.

President Trump and Secretary Perdue want to hear your ideas and suggestions on legislative, regulatory, and policy changes.

Some definitions to consider:

  • Stakeholder Input. Directly engage, consider and include input from states, localities, taxpayers and the private sector.
  • Legislative Reforms.  Are changes to authorizing statutes needed and feasible? Can agencies agree to support and seek legislation as and where needed to improve federal impacts on rural communities?
  • Regulatory Relief.  Can regulations be refined, eliminated, consolidated, revised?
    • DOES THE REGULATION MAKE SENSE? - Is it outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective?
    • IS THE REGULATION WORTH IT?  - Does it impose costs that exceed benefits?
    • IS THERE A BETTER WAY? – Will the regulation create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives, policies and priorities?  Is it duplicative within USDA or the federal family? Should the federal government be doing it rather than state/local or private sector?
    • DOES THE REGULATION AFFECT JOBS? - Does it eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation?
  • Recommendations for Executive Action.  Does the Task Force have recommendations for the President to consider further action or order? Should the Task Force be extended to accomplish more?

Share your ideas below with the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity!

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Category/Topic: Rural