The White House marked the one-year anniversary of the White House Rural Council on June 11; and on the same day, the Rural Council released a report alongside the White House Council of Economic Advisors and USDA that notes significant progress in our efforts to grow the rural economy.
Our rural communities are home to some of the most hard working and fiercely self-reliant Americans in the United States Strong and secure rural communities are essential to creating an economy built to last that rewards hard work and responsibility—not outsourcing, loopholes, and risky financial deals. While the security of the middle class has been threatened by the irresponsible financial collapse and the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, rural Americans continue to come together to work hard and make ends meet The values that have helped hard-working, responsible families weather the storm continue to move our economy forward.
A agricultural economy built to last is integral to the affordability of our food, the independence of our energy supply, and the security of America’s middle class. While there is still work to do, over the last few years, the U S agricultural economy has yielded encouraging results:
- Farm sector income experienced a rapid rebound since 2009, growing 27% in 2010 and 20% in 2011, according to preliminary estimates
- Farm sector income reached a preliminary estimate of a nominal record of $98 1 billion in 2011 Adjusting for general inflation, real farm income in 2011 recorded its 3rd highest level in the last 50 years
- Farm exports are at record levels: in FY 2011, total food and agriculture exports reached the highest level ever at $137 4 billion
- In FY 2011, agricultural exports supported more than 1 15 million American jobs
- The direct and indirect economic activity brought by farm exports supported 907,000 jobs in 2010, including 298,000 in the farm sector, 174,000 in manufacturing, and 437,000 in transportation and other service sectors
- America’s agricultural trade surplus is at a record level: in FY 2011, the surplus exceeded $42 billion.
The Administration has developed and implemented a comprehensive rural strategy to spur innovation, increase export levels, invest in clean energy, and expand opportunities for rural enterprises on and off the farm that create jobs
These are part of broader efforts by the Administration to advance the economic security of Americans living in rural areas by, for example, improving educational opportunities, providing access to afford- able healthcare, and investing in infrastructure.Last year,the President established the first-ever White House Rural Council which has been coordinating these efforts, working to streamline and improve the effectiveness of Federal programs serving rural America, and building on the progress detailed in last year’s White House report Jobs and Economic Security for Rural America.
This report focuses specifically on the current state of the agricultural economy and the Administration’s strategy to ensure an agricultural economy built to last While the U S economy continues to recover from its worst recession since the 1930’s and there is still more work to be done, America’s agricultural economy—farms and other related businesses—has recovered more quickly than many other sector.s The total value added to the U S economy from the farm sector rose about 35% between the second quarter of 2009 and the fourth quarter of 2011. Rising global demand and increasing American productivity have made this turn around possible. This report highlights the positive trends occurring in the agricultural economy and the efforts of the Administration to support those trends.
For the entire report: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/rural_communities_06_11_2012.pdf
- 6/9/11 Executive Order – Establishment of the White House Rural Council
- 10/4/16 FACT SHEET: The White House Rural Forum
- 12/5/16 FACT SHEET: The Obama Administration Announces New Steps to Advance Soil Sustainability
It is important that the rural parts of America thrive and improve for the sake of the people who work and live there. Since all our food is grown in rural America we also all have a vested interest in food security. We also need to be good stewards of the land for the flora (oxygen production, home for wildlife as well as beauty), fauna and the water sources that sustain life.
The Kochs’ quest
10/13/2012 09:11:44 PM PDT By Bill Wilson and Roy Wenzl – The Wichita Eagle
WICHITA, Kan. — In January 2009, just days after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Charles and David Koch met in their company headquarters in Wichita with their longtime political strategist, Rich Fink.
The country was headed toward bankruptcy, they agreed. Fink told them bluntly that Obama’s administration represented the worst of what Charles and David fear most: a bloated, regulation-heavy, free-spending government that could plunge the country into another deep recession. That day, Fink advised two of the richest men in the nation that it would be the fight of their lives to stop the government spending spree and to change the course of the country, starting with the 2012 election.
“If we are going to do this, we should do it right or not at all,” Fink, 61, recalled telling the brothers. “But if we don’t do it right or if we don’t do it at all, we will be insignificant and we will just waste a lot of time and I would rather play golf.
“And if we do it right, then it is going to get very, very ugly.”
Three and a half years later, Obama accused the Koch brothers of engineering “a corporate takeover of our democracy.”
The brothers’ political spending and the network of conservative political organizations and think tanks they fund have sparked protests. The condemnations and criticism prompted Charles Koch to break his silence about politics. In his most extensive interview in 15 years, Charles Koch talked about why he wants to defeat Obama and elect members of Congress who will stop what he calls catastrophic overspending.
Government recklessness threatens the country and his business, he said.
The Kochs say the price for their involvement has been high: Death threats, cyberattacks on their business, hundreds of news stories criticizing them, calls for boycotts of the company’s consumer goods, and what the brothers see as ongoing and public attacks from the Obama administration.
The Kochs aren’t finished. Win or lose in November, they plan to start a new fight. They are organizing dozens of business and grass roots groups to build support for eliminating all corporate and agricultural subsidies.
Ending agricultural subsidies would mean that American busiensses would have to raise their prices and USA farmers would not be able to compete with cheap and inferior and unsafe imports.
* American diary farms would be impacted
* American vegetable and fruit farms would would be impacted
* American grain farms for human would be impacted
* American pork, beef and chicken farms would be impacted
* American nut farms would be impacted
* American fiber producers (cotton, wool, wood etc) would be impacted
* American gasoline would be impacted
There are many more that industries that would impacted.