America’s rural population is on the upswing, but the growth is concentrated in retirement areas or regions with meatpacking plants and other forms of agricultural processing that rely on Hispanics and other immigrants for labor, according to USDA’s Economic Research Service.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue reaffirmed his desire to move swiftly in identifying new office locations for the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture, at the swearing-in today of a new NIFA director.
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced plans to move the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture from their present homes in Washington, D.C., to somewhere, anywhere else but Washington.
Employees of the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture should know by January where their new offices will be, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told the top lawmakers on the Senate Agriculture Committee in a letter obtained by Agri-Pulse today.
USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky defended his department's proposal to move two agencies out of Washington, D.C., while raising the possibility that their new home could be on property the agency already owns.
Opposition to moving the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of Washington, D.C., continues to mount, with the National Farmers Union the latest to voice concern about USDA's proposal.