Trump Names Six U.S. Governors as Ag Advisors

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:26 AM

Key issues expected to be renewable energy, immigration, climate change, global trade


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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump named 64 agriculture policy advisors on Tuesday, including the governors of Iowa and five other farm states and a former federal agriculture secretary.

Republican Governors Terry Branstad of Iowa, Sam Brownback of Kansas, Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota, Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Pete Ricketts of Nebraska were included on a list of advisors distributed by Trump's campaign.

Also on the list were John Block, USDA secretary under Republican President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1986, and former Governors Rick Perry of Texas and Jim Gilmore of Virginia, who both unsuccessfully ran against Trump for the Republican nomination.

Renewable energy focus. Branstad spokesman Ben Hammes was quoted as saying the governor will focus on increasing government support for renewable energy as part of the committee.

Other issues expected to be the focus of the ag advisors include immigration, climate change, global trade and how to define food and energy security for the United States.


Comments: We never get real excited about these panels. They generally are a cross-section of regional players. The real key is who the next president picks for key USDA officials, and selections for other departments and agencies important to the business of agriculture, including the Office of Management & Budget, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Trade Representative.


 

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