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    Rutledge Attends White House Conference on Rural Prosperity

    January 30, 2018

    Says, ‘rural communities are the backbone of our country’

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today attended the White House Conference on Rural Prosperity with State & Local Leaders. The event brought together leaders from around the country to meet with Vice President Pence and cabinet members to discuss how the federal government can assist rural communities, and witnessed signing of a formal agreement between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve coordination and collaboration.

    “Vice President Pence reiterated that rural America has been a priority for the Trump Administration from the beginning,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “As Attorney General, I believe the focus on communities like Ashdown, Lake Village and Yellville will help all of America thrive, and it is refreshing for Washington to acknowledge that rural communities are the backbone of our country. Rural prosperity means American prosperity."

    Vice President of the United States Mike Pence, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke attended the conference, along with Intergovernmental Affairs Director Blake Rollins, Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner Anna Abram and National Economic Council Special Assistant to the President DJ Gribbin.

    Rutledge attended two breakout sessions during the event. “Achieving E-Connectivity” featured USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett and Federal Communications Commission Wireline Advisor Jay Schwarz. “Developing the Rural Economy” featured Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agriculture Affairs Ted McKinney and USDA Senior Advisor to the Secretary Rebekah Adcock.

    Rutledge also attended a lunch discussion with Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Connecticut Agriculture Commission Steven Reviczky, Vice President of NASDA New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte, Agriculture Special Assistant to the President Ray Starling and Special Assistant to the President and Intergovernmental Affairs Deputy Director Doug Hoelscher.

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