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EPA debuts office for Ag and rural engagement
USAgNet - 03/04/2024

On March 1, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a significant step forward in its engagement with agricultural and rural stakeholders by launching the Office of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. This initiative, announced by EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, underscores the Biden-Harris Administration's dedication to environmental stewardship and the prosperity of rural America.

During a historic appearance at the 2024 Commodity Classic in Houston, Texas, Regan highlighted the role of farmers and ranchers as essential partners in achieving clean air, water, and climate goals. The new office, headed by Rod Snyder, aims to build on existing efforts to ensure agriculture's voice is heard within the EPA, promoting science-based solutions that do not compromise agricultural productivity.

This office will work closely with EPA regional agriculture policy advisors and engage with federal and state partners to support rural communities, especially those underserved, in securing federal investments for infrastructure and other enhancements. Additionally, it will house the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee, offering policy recommendations on agricultural and rural issues.

By establishing this office, the EPA reaffirms its commitment to a collaborative approach with the agricultural sector and rural stakeholders, aiming to balance environmental protection with economic opportunity. This move is poised to strengthen the partnership between the federal government and the agricultural community, ensuring a sustainable future for all.

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