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Farm Bureau ready to work with Trump cabinet By Jessica Domel Multimedia Editor The future of immigration policy, land regulation, tax reform, trade and other issues important to agri-culture and rural America will be decided by a group of men and wom-en selected by voters and President Donald Trump over the past few weeks and months. While Congress plays a vital role in the creation and passage of legis-lation, the Presidential Cabinet also plays a part in shaping the future of the country over the next four to eight years. To encourage all to work in the best interests of agriculture and rural residents, the American Farm Bureau Federation and state Farm Bureaus stand ready to work with appointed and elected officials. “We have genuinely been looking forward to working with all of the individuals, particularly those agen-cies both at the cabinet level and, as we get farther into this, at the sub-cabinet level that President Trump and Vice President (Mike) Pence put in place,” Dale Moore, AFBF execu-tive director of Public Policy, said. “We’re particularly interested in the Secretary of Agriculture.” Although the Secretary of Agri-culture is important for the agri-cultural community, other cabinet secretaries can also affect change that impacts farmers, ranchers and dairymen across the nation. AFBF President Zippy Duvall has called Pruitt an “ideal nominee” for the spot and endorsed his placement. “In recent years, farmers and ranchers have suffered under bur-densome, unnecessary, and too of-ten, unlawful regulations promul-gated by the EPA,” Duvall said. “We desperately need an administrator who understands the challenges our farmers and ranchers face in pro-ducing safe, wholesome and afford-able food for our nation and world.” tries. “The American Farm Bureau Fed-eration looks forward to working with United States Trade Represen-tative nominee Robert Lighthizer. Mr. Lighthizer has had a long and distinguished career in trade, work-ing in the White House, Senate and private sector to assure favorable trading conditions for American goods and services,” Duvall said. Because America’s farmers and ranchers know unfair regulations, steep tariffs and senseless non-tariff barriers undermine our exports, we must all work together to remove the obstacles to prosperity and iden-tify new global opportunities to ben-efit American agriculture, according to Duvall. “Economic growth in rural Amer-ica depends on maintaining and in-creasing access to markets outside the United States. Since more than 95 percent of the world’s population lives outside our borders, expanding access to international markets is essential for our future success. We trust Mr. Lighthizer will work tire-lessly to assure it,” Duvall said. being the wife of the Senate Major-ity Leader and being someone in her own right is super smart and strong on the issues of transporta-tion, farmers and ranchers raise commodities all over this country. One of the most important parts of that process is how do we get what we raise from the fields and the pas-tures and the processing facilities to domestic points or even on the inter-national front.” Interior AFBF is also looking forward to working with Congressman Ryan Zinke of Montana, who has been nominated as Secretary of Interior. “Something that we know and are looking forward to is sitting down with Congressman Zinke and be-ing able to explain some of our is-sues and concerns with multiple use on federal lands,” Moore said. “The Montana Farm Bureau folks have made clear to us, he is someone whom they have had a good working relationship with, and he’ll bring a lot of strength to that position.” Attorney General Trump has named Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama as the nation’s top law enforcement official. AFBF will work with Sessions, if the appointment is approved by Con-gress, on immigration reform and an effective guest worker program. “We need those individuals to rec-ognize that we appreciate things like border security, things like pathway to a legal status or some resolution for folks that are here illegally. We’re going to need them to understand how important agricultural labor and access to a stable, easy to get to, supply of workers, which in many parts of the country—Texas includ-ed—means foreign guest workers,” Moore said. Energy Former Texas Governor Rick Per-ry, who has worked with Texas Farm Bureau in the past, has been nomi-nated for Secretary of Energy. “Agriculture is a major user of en-ergy and some of the different prod-ucts in the interaction with the bio-energy side of the equation,” Moore said. Labor Andrew Puzder, chief executive of a company that franchises fast-food restaurants, has been tapped as Sec-retary of Labor. “We’re looking for the opportunity to get in front of his team once they start getting in place as well as Puz-der himself and help make sure they understand,” Moore said. Secretary of Agriculture As of Jan. 12, Trump had not an-nounced a Secretary of Agriculture. Four Texans were in the running for the position, but as of early Janu-ary, former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue III appeared to be the front-runner for the spot. “We look forward to working with whomever the president puts in that position. Our pledge is whomever that individual is, we’re going to work diligently,” Moore said. With the relationships AFBF and staff Farm Bureaus have built with legislators and new cabinet officials along the way, Moore is positive go-ing into a new presidential term. J ANUARY 20 , 2017 Environmental Protection Agency Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been tapped to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which he has criticized in the past for its Waters of the U.S. (WO-TUS) rule and other over-reaching policies. “He has been a champion for ag-riculture, not only within his state, but in taking on some of these issues where EPA has, in our opinion, kind of run amok,” Moore said. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, an interna-tional lawyer who also served under President Ronald Reagan, has been selected to serve as the U.S. Trade Representative. As the chief trade negotiator, he will work with the president and cabinet on new and current trade deals with other coun-Transportation Elaine Chao, who served as labor secretary under President George W. Bush, has been nominated as Trans-portation Secretary. “We worked a lot with Mrs. Chao during the Bush administration when she was the Secretary of La-bor. We know that she’s got a lot of expertise on transportation,” Moore said. “Certainly one has to realize 16

Farm Bureau Ready to Work with Trump Cabinet

Jessica Domel

The future of immigration policy, land regulation, tax reform, trade and other issues important to agriculture and rural America will be decided by a group of men and women selected by voters and President Donald Trump over the past few weeks and months.

While Congress plays a vital role in the creation and passage of legislation, the Presidential Cabinet also plays a part in shaping the future of the country over the next four to eight years.

To encourage all to work in the best interests of agriculture and rural residents, the American Farm Bureau Federation and state Farm Bureaus stand ready to work with appointed and elected officials.

“We have genuinely been looking forward to working with all of the individuals, particularly those agencies both at the cabinet level and, as we get farther into this, at the sub-cabinet level that President Trump and Vice President (Mike) Pence put in place,” Dale Moore, AFBF executive director of Public Policy, said. “We’re particularly interested in the Secretary of Agriculture.”

Although the Secretary of Agriculture is important for the agricultural community, other cabinet secretaries can also affect change that impacts farmers, ranchers and dairymen across the nation.

Environmental Protection Agency

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been tapped to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which he has criticized in the past for its Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and other over-reaching policies.

“He has been a champion for agriculture, not only within his state, but in taking on some of these issues where EPA has, in our opinion, kind of run amok,” Moore said.

AFBF President Zippy Duvall has called Pruitt an “ideal nominee” for the spot and endorsed his placement.

“In recent years, farmers and ranchers have suffered under burdensome, unnecessary, and too often, unlawful regulations promulgated by the EPA,” Duvall said. “We desperately need an administrator who understands the challenges our farmers and ranchers face in producing safe, wholesome and affordable food for our nation and world.”

Interior

AFBF is also looking forward to working with Congressman Ryan Zinke of Montana, who has been nominated as Secretary of Interior.

“Something that we know and are looking forward to is sitting down with Congressman Zinke and being able to explain some of our issues and concerns with multiple use on federal lands,” Moore said. “The Montana Farm Bureau folks have made clear to us, he is someone whom they have had a good working relationship with, and he’ll bring a lot of strength to that position.”

Energy

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has worked with Texas Farm Bureau in the past, has been nominated for Secretary of Energy.

“Agriculture is a major user of energy and some of the different products in the interaction with the bioenergy side of the equation,” Moore said.

U.S. Trade Representative

Robert Lighthizer, an international lawyer who also served under President Ronald Reagan, has been selected to serve as the U.S. Trade Representative. As the chief trade negotiator, he will work with the president and cabinet on new and current trade deals with other countries.

“The American Farm Bureau Federation looks forward to working with United States Trade Representative nominee Robert Lighthizer. Mr. Lighthizer has had a long and distinguished career in trade, working in the White House, Senate and private sector to assure favorable trading conditions for American goods and services,” Duvall said.

Because America’s farmers and ranchers know unfair regulations, steep tariffs and senseless non-tariff barriers undermine our exports, we must all work together to remove the obstacles to prosperity and identify new global opportunities to benefit American agriculture, according to Duvall.

“Economic growth in rural America depends on maintaining and increasing access to markets outside the United States. Since more than 95 percent of the world’s population lives outside our borders, expanding access to international markets is essential for our future success. We trust Mr. Lighthizer will work tirelessly to assure it,” Duvall said.

Labor

Andrew Puzder, chief executive of a company that franchises fast-food restaurants, has been tapped as Secretary of Labor.

“We’re looking for the opportunity to get in front of his team once they start getting in place as well as Puzder himself and help make sure they understand,” Moore said.

Transportation

Elaine Chao, who served as labor secretary under President George W. Bush, has been nominated as Transportation Secretary.

“We worked a lot with Mrs. Chao during the Bush administration when she was the Secretary of Labor. We know that she’s got a lot of expertise on transportation,” Moore said. “Certainly one has to realize being the wife of the Senate Majority Leader and being someone in her own right is super smart and strong on the issues of transportation, farmers and ranchers raise commodities all over this country. One of the most important parts of that process is how do we get what we raise from the fields and the pastures and the processing facilities to domestic points or even on the international front.”

Attorney General

Trump has named Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama as the nation’s top law enforcement official.

AFBF will work with Sessions, if the appointment is approved by Congress, on immigration reform and an effective guest worker program.

“We need those individuals to recognize that we appreciate things like border security, things like pathway to a legal status or some resolution for folks that are here illegally. We’re going to need them to understand how important agricultural labor and access to a stable, easy to get to, supply of workers, which in many parts of the country—Texas included—means foreign guest workers,” Moore said.

Secretary of Agriculture

As of Jan. 12, Trump had not announced a Secretary of Agriculture. Four Texans were in the running for the position, but as of early January, former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue III appeared to be the frontrunner for the spot.

“We look forward to working with whomever the president puts in that position. Our pledge is whomever that individual is, we’re going to work diligently,” Moore said.

With the relationships AFBF and staff Farm Bureaus have built with legislators and new cabinet officials along the way, Moore is positive going into a new presidential term.

Read the full article at http://texasagriculture.texasfarmbureau.org/article/Farm+Bureau+Ready+to+Work+with+Trump+Cabinet/2692259/378248/article.html.

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