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Goehring, Burgum Applaud 'Vision for Better Rural America'
North Dakota Ag Connection - 01/09/2018

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Governor Doug Burgum applauded the vision for a better rural America outlined by President Trump Monday at the American Farm Bureau's 99th Annual Convention in Nashville. President Trump established an interagency task force chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in April 2017 to identify ways to help improve life in rural America.

"I congratulate President Trump and the American Farm Bureau for being engaged at the grassroots level to hear from rural America about needs for the future," Goehring said.

"Secretary Perdue and the task force have developed key recommendations to enable our rural areas not only to survive, but to thrive," Goehring continued. "I applaud the changes they are proposing which include regulatory reform, tax reform, research, infrastructure development and more."

"Secretary Perdue has been a pleasure to work with this past year with the drought and other issues," Goehring said. "The task force focused on rural America is a great first step and I look forward to being involved in the implementation of this vision."

"We're grateful to President Trump, Secretary Perdue and the American Farm Bureau Federation for focusing on the needs of rural America, especially in North Dakota where roughly half of our residents live in rural areas," Burgum said. "Agriculture and rural communities form the bedrock of our state, and the Task Force's recommendations on innovation, workforce, connectivity and economic development provide a roadmap for how to help our rural areas prosper in a 21st century economy. We look forward to working with the administration to help bring these recommendations to fruition for the benefit of current and future generations."

The task force built its recommendations around five key indicators: connectivity for rural America, quality of life improvement, support for a rural workforce, technological innovation and economic development.

Last month, the Governor's Office announced the reconvening of the North Dakota Rural Development Council to support the development of rural communities through collaboration between government and the private and nonprofit sectors. Applications are being accepted through midnight Jan. 17. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply at www.governor.nd.gov by selecting "Rural Development Council" under the Boards tab.

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