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U.S. Department of Energy
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Participates in Interagency Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force Meeting



June 19, 2017

Yesterday (6/15)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry attended the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity inaugural meeting, where he and other Cabinet members discussed their commitment to agricultural and rural American communities. Officials from more than 20 executive agencies and offices participated in yesterday's meeting with Secretary Perry.

 "Promoting agriculture and rural prosperity is something that is very important to me since I know first-hand how vital energy and electricity are to our rural areas," said Secretary Perry. "At the Department of Energy, we are ready to do our part to bring prosperity to our small towns and rural communities. Our Bioenergies Technology Office facilitates private and public partnerships to develop new technologies that make biofuels cost-competitive, and our national labs are hard at work developing new ways to use our crops for energy. I look forward to working alongside my fellow secretaries and agency colleagues to preserve a high standard of living for rural Americans."

This interagency task force was established by an executive order from President Trump on April 25, 2017, and is chaired by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. The objectives of the Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force include improving food safety; advancing the adoption of innovations and technology for agricultural production; and encouraging the production, export, and use of domestically-produced agricultural products.

Additional information on the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity can be found here.

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