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- Published: Thursday, 01 February 2018 23:57
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(Salt Lake City) Utah’s Agriculture and Food Commissioner, LuAnn Adams, spent the week in Washington D.C. with Agriculture leaders from around the country and U.S. Cabinet leaders discussing issues such as increased collaboration between the states and federal government, modernizing trade for the benefit of U.S. agriculture and ongoing efforts to improve infrastructure for rural America.
“I am committed to working closely with my counterparts at the federal level, as partners, to enhance Utah agriculture’s competitiveness in international markets and to strengthen our communities in rural Utah,” Adams said about her meetings, that were part of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture’s Winter Policy meeting. During the week Adams participated in meetings with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt..
Adams and other agriculture leaders spent one day at the White House at the President's Rural Prosperity Conference. At the conference they discussed opportunities to grow agriculture and strengthen rural economies around the country. They spoke in detail about international trade opportunities, innovations in technology for the benefit rural communities and emerging infrastructure to connect rural America to the rest of the world. Adams also participated in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The MOA establishes an Interagency Working Group to coordinate and support agencies in meeting their pesticide consultation obligations related to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Endangered Species Act.
“I was encouraged by the commitment to increased dialogue, and a greater desire to work directly with state and local governments. Collaboration is the Utah way and it is the only way we can strengthen our rural communities. When we work together we all reap the benefits of the harvest,” said Adams.