Hoping to find ways to improve its “customer service and remove unintended barriers” to participation in its programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is asking for input from the public as part of a larger effort to identify and revise regulations that are harming rural America.
“A Federal Register notice requests comments on regulations that need to be repealed or changed, duplicative rules and the total costs to farms and businesses,” explained Shawn McBurney, senior director of government relations for the Society of American Florists.
The outreach effort by USDA, he added, “is part of the Trump Administration’s government-wide initiative to reform government and eliminate burdensome regulations. The president has directed each department and agency to create a task force charged with evaluating existing rules and identify those which should be modified or eliminated.”
SAF member Liza Roeser-Atwood, CEO and founder of FiftyFlowers, participated in a Small Business Administration (SBA) roundtable held in Boise, Idaho. That roundtable was one of a series being convened by SBA throughout the country to seek input from the American public and help identify specific regulatory barriers to small business growth through first-hand testimony.
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