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Can Alabama Agriculture Compete In Today’s Global Marketplace?

Can Alabama Agriculture Compete In Today’s Global Marketplace?

Can Alabama Agriculture Compete In Today’s Global Marketplace?

You have my sincere promise to take full advantage of the President’s Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force

In 1938, President Roosevelt told the American People that rural America needed electricity. FDR said electricity was “a modern necessity of life, not a luxury. That necessity ought to be found in every village, in every house, and on every farm in every part of the United States.” 

On April 25, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. Section 4 of the Executive Order states the purpose and function of the Task Force:

Sec. 4.  Purpose and Functions of the Task Force.  (a)  The Task Force shall 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, including changes that:

(i)     remove barriers to economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America;

(ii)    advance the adoption of innovations and technology for agricultural production and long-term, sustainable rural development;

(iii)   strengthen and expand educational opportunities for students in rural communities, particularly in agricultural education, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics;

(iv)    empower the State, local, and tribal agencies that implement rural economic development, agricultural, and environmental programs to tailor those programs to relevant regional circumstances;

(v)     respect the unique circumstances of small businesses that serve rural communities and the unique business structures and regional diversity of farms and ranches;

(vi)    require executive departments and agencies to rely upon the best available science when reviewing or approving crop protection tools;

(vii)   ensure access to a reliable workforce and increase employment opportunities in agriculture-related and rural-focused businesses;

(viii)  promote the preservation of family farms and other agribusiness operations as they are passed from one generation to the next, including changes to the estate tax and the tax valuation of family or cooperatively held businesses;

(ix)    ensure that water users’ private property rights are not encumbered when they attempt to secure permits to operate on public lands;

(x)     improve food safety and ensure that regulations and policies implementing Federal food safety laws are based on science and account for the unique circumstances of farms and ranches;

(xi)    encourage the production, export, and use of domestically produced agricultural products;

(xii)   further the Nation’s energy security by advancing traditional and renewable energy production in the rural landscape; and

(xiii)  address hurdles associated with access to resources on public lands for the rural communities that rely on cattle grazing, timber harvests, mining, recreation, and other multiple uses.

On January 8, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, presented the findings of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to President Trump. As Secretary of Agriculture, Perdue served as the task force’s chairman and identified over 100 recommendations to help improve life in rural America. The recommendations centered around these five areas:

  • E-Connectivity
  • Quality of Life
  • Rural Workforce
  • Technology
  • Economic Development

Secretary Perdue issued a statement containing a rare admission:

“While the task force worked tirelessly to identify solutions to the problems plaguing our rural communities, there is more work ahead. No doubt, rural America has struggled under burdensome regulations with no voice in Washington, but under President Trump’s leadership, and with the work of this task force, we can turn that around and restore rural prosperity once and for all.”

 

You may click HERE (PDF, 5.4 MB) to read the Rural Prosperity Task Force Report in its entirety on the newly unveiled Rural Prosperity website, which includes a link for farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers to submit comments and ideas on regulatory reform.

If you will do me the honor of electing me to serve as your Commissioner Of Agriculture, you have my sincere promise to take full advantage of Secretary Perdue’s task as further stated in his report:

With the voice of rural America leading the way, and in close collaboration with local, state, and tribal leaders, 22 federal agencies, offices, and executive departments accepted the challenge to make rural America great again.

 

Let’s Make Alabama Grow Again™,

Tracy (T.O.) Crane

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T.O. initiated substantial course changes for the FBI.He can certainly do it for Alabama Agriculture and Industry.

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