June 16, 2017
The inaugural meeting of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity was held June 15.
“What we began here today is to lay a fertile seed bed in rural America, where good things can grow," said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. "Rural America has been struggling under burdensome regulations, but the leaders we gathered today are willing to work together to turn that around. By establishing this task force, President Trump showed his commitment to prioritizing the prosperity of the farmers and ranchers of America's heartland, as well as all citizens living in rural communities across this great country."
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai, and other government officials joined Perdue. The group discussed their joint vision to develop a streamlined method of interagency cooperation to achieve a broad range of goals.
The Task Force is working to improve quality of life for people living in rural areas, develop a reliable workforce, spur innovation and technology development, and roll back regulations to allow communities to grow and thrive.
Trump established the task force by executive order. It is required to issue a report for legislative or administrative actions within 180 days.
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