12-16-16 Rural and Agriculture Council of America Applauds Secretary of Interior Nomination


Rural and Agriculture Council of America Applauds Secretary of Interior Nomination

raca-rural-and-ag-councill-of-america-logoWASHINGTON, DC – In response to this week’s announcement by President-elect Donald Trump on the nomination of Representative Ryan Zinke to the position of Secretary of the Interior, Jack Alexander, President of the Rural & Agriculture Council of America (RACA), issued the following statement:

“Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke proved his patriotism and willingness to serve through 23 years as a Navy Seal. As a lifetime participant in outdoors sports and recreation as a fifth-generation Montanan, he has developed a love for public lands and natural resources.  The Rural and Agricultural Council of America (RACA) applauds President Elect Trump for appointing a Secretary of Interior from rural America.  We look forward to Rep. Zinke bringing his experience and knowledge of rural America and public lands to his Cabinet position. He talks about being “red, white, and blue”, which is a great description for the rural lands for which he will be responsible. RACA looks forward to working with the new Secretary to manage public lands for all Americans and protect public lands, manage natural resources, and provide opportunity for those who live, hunt, recreate, and make their living on public lands.” 


The Rural & Agriculture Council of America (RACA), headquartered in Billings, Montana in conjunction with Washington, DC representation, is a consortium of mayors, county commissioners, ranchers, farmers, producers, main street business owners, and leaders in rural America. Working as collective group, RACA is the voice of rural America in Washington, advocating for federal, state, and local policy and regulatory reform to advance the rural and agricultural goals and initiatives of America. The policy and regulatory reform objectives of RACA are dictated by our stakeholders and reflect the discussions being held by policy makers on the Hill.

RACA specializes in targeted, well-researched grassroots campaigns to increase awareness about the policy and regulatory objectives of rural America. RACA achieves a heightened level of awareness for the issues we work with by engaging with producers, ranchers, main street business owners, and policy makers, allowing a forum for communication on the issues most important to those in rural America. RACA thrives in bringing issues from main street to Washington, RACA gives a prominent voice to these issues by employing an arsenal of targeted social media campaigns, meetings/discussions with policy and decision makers, press conferences, editorials, industry roundtables, briefings by industry experts or our council, fly-ins, and keeping stakeholders informed via press releases.

In the past, RACA has lent our expertise to an extensive array of rural policy and regulatory issues including, the Farm Bill, tax reform/policy, and EPA and regulations. RACA has been, and will continue to be, a pioneer in representing the policy and regulatory objectives of rural America, we strive to take the dialogue of main street, rural America, to policy and decision makers in Washington, DC.