The New WHRC
I grew up in rural America so I have a continued interest and concern for the day to day struggles that rural communities are faced with in today’s hard hit economy. That being said it is no surprise then that I take a strong interest in the current administration’s implementation of the first White House Rural Council. In the words of President Obama, “the WHRC has been established to make sure we’re working across government to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth.” It certainly appears that it is across government as a member from nearly every department of the federal government has been chosen to serve on this new council. But it remains to be seen whether or not the federal government will start pumping money into the nation’s rural farmlands in a true effort to create “economic opportunities to improve the quality of life in rural America”, or if this serves a completely different agenda. Reportedly, the WHRC, the USDA, and the President have been reaching out to farmers and those in rural communities to get their opinions and input towards what needs to be done, but the key is, will they listen?