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Executive order to promote 'ag and rural prosperity’

Wisconsin State Farmer
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue applauds as President Donald Trump holds up the just signed executive order during a farmers' roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

WASHINGTON DC - 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.

President Trump signed the new executive order titled “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America.”

According to the executive order’s text, it directs newly confirmed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to lead an interagency task force to “identify legislative, regulatory, and policy changes to promote in rural America agriculture, economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security, and quality of life.”

President Trump identifies a number of specific changes, including addressing access to public lands for rural communities that rely on timber harvesting, mining, recreation, cattle grazing and other uses.

It also revoked President Barack Obama's 2011 executive order that established the White House Rural Council.

The president was joined for the bill signing by Perdue, Vice President Mike Pence, North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, and 15 farmers from several states, including one from the tiny North Florida town of Fanning Springs.