The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has welcomed the interest United States President Donald Trump is taking in the agricultural sector, saying he is sending clear signals that he is interested and engaged in helping boost rural America.
Mr Trump signed an executive order signed on Tuesday to create a new Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity, to be chaired by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.
The agency will be charged “to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that impacts agriculture and rural communities.”
In a statement released overnight, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president Craig Uden said he is glad to see President Trump’s engagement.
“We are appreciative for President Trump making agriculture a high priority right out of the gate,” said Uden.
“With Secretary Perdue in office and the establishment of this task force, we are in a strong position moving forward to develop policy that will bolster our rural economy rather than the continuous over-regulation we have recently faced.”
President Trump has specifically asked the taskforce to look at issues that have been high priority for NCBA – such as needed changes to the death tax and the protection of private property rights.
“The rural farm economy has suffered with a drop in net farm income and increasing regulatory environment,” said Uden. “This is a great step forward to putting rural America back into focus and addressing the issues that have negatively impacted our industry over the years.”
In addition to the executive order establishing the task force, President Trump signed another executive order this week calling for the review of previous designations under the Antiquities Act. The Act, while intended to preserve Native American artifacts and areas of historical importance, instead has been used to place heavy restrictions on the land, bypassing Congress and local communities.
“The end result is a crippling effect to local economies – ranchers forced off the land, conservation efforts halted, and jobs lost,” said Uden.
“We are pleased to see that the Administration recognizes the hardships these designations have caused and is willing to re-evaluate previous action. Trump’s action this week is a positive sign for rural America.”
Source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association