by Countable | 1.9.18
In concert with President Trump’s address to the American Farm Bureau convention in Nashville on Monday, the administration released a report on promoting rural prosperity. The report was required in response to an executive order that the president signed in April, and was submitted by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue.
The report makes a variety of recommendations, organized under five headers: achieving e-connectivity, improving quality of life, supporting a rural workforce, harnessing technological innovation, and developing the rural economy.
The call throughout the report to reduce regulations is consistent with the administration’s larger objectives, as is the call for public/private partnerships. Other recommendations fly in the face of administration policies.
For instance, the report calls for increased access to high-speed internet for hospitals, schools, farms, businesses and individual citizens, yet the repeal of net neutrality could price many of these citizens and institutions out of the high-speed market.
The report also points to the importance of safe drinking water as the president is touting the benefits of the repeal of the Waters of the United States rule, which protected watersheds utilized by rural communities across the country.
The report encourages the expansion of apprenticeship programs and connecting veterans to underutilized training programs by streamlining access to information about opportunities. And it encourages government investment in science-based research and development of biotechnology products.
Overall, it is a set of recommendations largely focused on large-scale commercial agriculture and the expansion of Wall Street-level investment into rural areas. It remains to be seen how many of the recommendations will actually become a reality and how (or whether) they will benefit rural Americans.
Do you think this report is a sign that the administration is on the right track in meeting the needs of rural America or not? What do you like about the recommendations? What do you think is missing?
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— Asha Sanaker
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More attention needs to be paid to the needs of family farmers not just big Agri-businesses
Treating agriculture the way you treat other business is a big mistake. We are talking about food right? Corporate profits and shareholders payouts will take priority over providing safe nutritious food. It already has. Glyphosate causes cancer but spraying on crops increases profits.
As long as the Alt-right has control of the am radio stations and blasts Hannity and Rush 24/7 into rural communities, all the other efforts are moot.
RED FLAG ALERT - DEREGULATION. Deregulation is corporate America's subtle way of getting workers to vote away regulations ensuring their own safety in favor or bigger profits, not for duped workers, but for the corporations exploiting the workers to begin with.
Lets do the same for those with jobs lost to "high tech"
Support family/local/organic farms & stop promoting agribusiness.
Deregulation of the farming industry does not help truly rural America, populated with family-run farms and ranches. It helps urban American agribusiness owners looking to increase their profits at the expense and safety of the rural community and in the case of food, the public at large. We need to be very wary anytime this administration endorses public/private partnerships. This really means the public pays and the private companies take all the profits. The public is inconvenienced during construction and gets very little benefit after the fact. It does, however, get the privilege to pay for this inconvenience. Just another Wall Street scam.
We should support local farmers/businesses. No “public/private” partnerships. When you commodify everything, the incentive becomes shareholder driven. We need community investment with an eye on sustainability. That won’t work if you get Wall Street involved.
Corporate farming along with corporate America is the “real” problem. Family run farms and Mom&Pop America will never come back as long as corporations have control of Congress.
I wonder if Trump is a egotistic paranoid schizophrenic and has Alzheimer or just some timers?
The very continued existence of the rural farming and logging industry is in part a testament to the great women and men that work for the department of agriculture. Their goals never waiver from fleeting administrations to administrations.