(Washington, D.C., December 15, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue hailed President Trump’s release of the Unified Agenda and the results of regulatory reform efforts undertaken since the Executive Orders on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs and Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda were signed nearly a year ago.
“President Trump has shown great leadership on reducing burdensome regulations,” Secretary Perdue said. “Here at USDA, it is my goal to establish ongoing communications to give producers and consumers a voice on the implementation of new regulations and avoid unintended consequences associated with undermining our science-based approval process. The deregulatory actions announced yesterday generate measurable cost offsets in annualized savings and help ensure USDA’s programs are delivered efficiently, effectively, with integrity, and with a focus on customer service. No longer can we afford onerous red tape that simply serves to hold American agricultural producers back from feeding and clothing the world.”
Regulatory reform is one of the cornerstones of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) strategies for creating a culture of consistent, efficient service to customers, while reducing burdens and improving efficiency. USDA has identified 27 final rules that will be completed in FY 2018 and result in $56.15 million in annual savings. USDA’s 2017 Fall Statement of Regulatory Priorities was developed to lower regulatory burdens on the American people by implementing and enforcing regulatory reform. These regulatory priorities ensure programs are delivered efficiently, effectively, with integrity, and a focus on customer service; they maximize the ability of American agricultural producers to prosper by feeding and clothing the world; and they provide all Americans access to a safe, nutritious, and secure food supply. For more information on the agenda, please download USDA’s 2017 Fall Regulatory Agenda.