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Ag Dept Releases Report On Promoting Rural Prosperity

by Countable | 1.9.18

What’s the story?

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.

What do you think?

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?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Kingbird Farm)

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  • M
    01/09/2018
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    More attention needs to be paid to the needs of family farmers not just big Agri-businesses

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  • Sheryl
    01/10/2018
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    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.

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  • RadicalModerate
    01/09/2018
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    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.

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  • Ticktock
    01/09/2018
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    Rural prosperity? Sounds like empowering commercial farming by large corporations not rural farmers. Out of all of the things that the Trump Administration has promised the only three things that this Administration has accomplished has been removing large numbers of illegal immigrants from the US, stacking the judiciary with judges of his ilk and a tax law that gives huge tax breaks to large corporations and the wealthiest 1%. He’s weakened our trade position with other countries, weakened our national security and made the US subservient to Russia. People in the rural areas will only be helped if they are part of the 1% or a large corporation. This is only an attempt to further divide the electorate. That is what Trump does best, he misleads, misdirects and exploits the discord.

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  • CarMar17
    01/09/2018
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    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.

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  • GatewayJohn
    01/09/2018
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    Lets do the same for those with jobs lost to "high tech"

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  • John
    01/09/2018
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    Support family/local/organic farms & stop promoting agribusiness.

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  • Donna
    01/11/2018
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    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.

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  • Bobby
    01/10/2018
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    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.

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  • Dave
    01/09/2018
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    I wonder if Trump is a egotistic paranoid schizophrenic and has Alzheimer or just some timers?

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  • Dara
    01/11/2018
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    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.

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  • Deborah
    03/06/2018
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    I hate Trumped, liar, gross, no empathy for anyone, knows💩about our history, someone ought to put all his lies, BS! The Republican party is doing! Plz,plz,plz. I'm too old for a revelution, this is our lives. He doesn't care!

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  • Vanessa
    01/09/2018
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    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.

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