Burgum encouraged by report from Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 4:30pm

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today expressed his support for the vision of a vibrant rural America as outlined by President Trump during his address to the 99th annual American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Nashville, Tenn.

Established by the President in April 2017 and chaired by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity identified more than 100 actions for the federal government to consider to achieve a better rural America, including legislative, regulatory and policy changes.

“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’s recommendations were built around five key indicators: connectivity, including high-speed internet; quality of life improvement; support for a rural workforce; technological innovation; and economic development. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/ruralprosperity.

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.