United States Department
of Agriculture • Rural Development
Contact: Alec Lloyd
EAST LANSING, Jan. 28, 2011 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director James J. Turner will chair the Food and Agriculture Council (FAC) in Michigan for the 2011 calendar year. The council is made up of federal, state and local agriculture entities. Meetings will be held quarterly in communities throughout Michigan to identify, assess and address needs and problems in agriculture and rural issues. Turner will address energy issues as well and the impact on rural communities.
“Rural Development is an important part of Michigan’s revitalization, and FAC is a great vehicle for federal, state and local agencies to share information and work together to address the state’s needs.” Turner said. “I look forward to discussing ways we can improve agriculture, energy production and rural infrastructure in Michigan.”
The Food and Agriculture Council was established by the United States Department of Agriculture in each state to coordinate interagency activities and to promote the goals and objectives of agriculture related industries. The state councils may be utilized for public feedback on procedural issues, to receive recommendations on policies under consideration and to keep informed on agriculture and rural development concerns.
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