Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, along with former California Commissioner of Food & Agriculture A.G. Kawamura and a host of other farm leaders, joined President Donald Trump for a Farmer Roundtable at the White House this afternoon. Secretary Northey and Commissioner Troxler highlighted the challenges, and opportunities, in food production.
The meeting came on the verge of an Executive Order from President Trump acknowledging the importance of agriculture to national security and propserity.
The Executive Order specifically establishes an interagency task force to be chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. The task force is ordered to identify legislative, regulatory, or policy changes to promote American agriculture, economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security, and quality of life in rural America. The report from the task force is due within 180 days.