Trump Signs New Executive Order Aimed at Agriculture Sector

Sonny Perdue left with is wife Mary takes the oath of office administered by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas

Trump Signs New Executive Order Aimed at Agriculture Sector

The Executive Order established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity "to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that impacts agriculture and rural communities".

Perdue may also find himself in the uncomfortable position of defending agriculture in an administration that has given the issue very little attention, despite Trump's strong support in rural areas.

"That's what today's executive order is all about".

Refusing to call it a pathway to citizenship, Perdue says he would like to find a solution that would allow workers in the ag industry to remain in the US legally.

The Task Force's duties include promoting the preservation of family farms; encouraging the production, export and use of domestic agricultural products; and expanding educational opportunities for students in rural communities. "Perdue demonstrated a real understanding of the challenges facing the agriculture industry and a willingness to work together to find solutions", Roberts said.

"America's noble farming tradition stretches back to its earliest days", Trump said.

But Trump focused more on his recent trade actions, particularly in response to the trade dispute with Canada.

Furthermore, Mexico, which has bristled at Trump's harsh talk on trade and his call for scrapping or renegotiating NAFTA, has threatened to stop importing billions of dollars' worth of U.S. corn.

As part of the Roundtable, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. "It is taking jobs from Americans and he wants those jobs here", Perdue said.

The first issue we discussed with the president is agricultural labor and immigration. "This is a president who is going to fight for America". Pat RobertsPat RobertsUSDA to ease school meal standards Trump tax plan prompts GOP fears about deficit Overnight Energy: Trump to sign orders on offshore drilling, national monuments MORE (R-Kan.) will make the announcement at the Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Va., where they are expected to eat lunch with the students.

"Sonny Perdue is the kind of leader the pork industry, and the entire livestock industry, needs at the US Department of Agriculture", said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Illinois. "By hosting this discussion, the president has demonstrated his awareness of the plight of American farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers, his intention to seek input, and his determination to help".

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