US Secretary of Agriculture to sign new rule during Leesburg visit

Justin Greene
April 30, 2017

A new executive order signed by U.S. President Trump on April 25 is created to bring rural America to the forefront.

"Our farmers deserve a government that serves their interest and empowers them to do the hard work that they love to do so much", he said.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will direct his new agriculture secretary to identify and eliminate what Trump says are unnecessary regulations that hurt farmers and rural communities. Robert Guenther, senior vice president for public policy said, "This initiative has got the potential to have a tremendous impact on the ability of fresh fruit and vegetable providers to be in business". Further, a U.S. Trade Representative is still waiting to be confirmed, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue just was sworn in yesterday.

The event is an historic occasion, as it is believed the last time a group of farmers met with a US president this early in an administration was prior to the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. He called Trump a "trader" and framed the president's previous statements suggesting that the USA would withdraw from the agreement with Canada and Mexico as a negotiating tactic. When asked about it, Perdue said his team is "working very quickly, because I need help".

"The multiple functions of the task force will help move our industry forward, and specific directives like addressing regulatory barriers farmers face and investing in the infrastructure on which our industry depends will directly address some of our most significant challenges".

His take away on trade is that the president understands how important trade is to agriculture and will not risk undermining the advancements that have been made as they work with trading partners to address other concerns.

Two cabinet nominees are still awaiting Senate confirmation: Alex Acosta, who if confirmed as secretary of labor would be the only Hispanic American in the cabinet, and Robert Lighthizer for U.S. trade representative.

"As some of these issues would come up, he would turn and look at Secretary Perdue and say, 'Can you give me some background on that?'" Northey reported. The Commerce Department also imposed a 24 percent tariff on softwood lumber entering the United States from Canada on Tuesday.

With Perdues confirmation, the last two Trump cabinet-level nominees awaiting Senate confirmation are Alexander Acosta for labor secretary and Robert Lighthizer for US trade representative.

Perdue will meet with farmers from the region Friday morning at the American Royal in Kansas City.

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