EPA opens office to engage agricultural sector on air, water solutions

March 5, 2024

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is opening a new office to partner with farmers and ranchers on clean air and water solutions.

The new EPA Office of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OARA) will serve as the primary liaison between the agency and stakeholders in rural communities and the farming and ranching industry.

EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the creation of the new office at the 2024 Commodity Classic in Houston — the largest farmer-led annual convention in the U.S.

“Farmers and ranchers are crucial partners as we work together to deliver clean air, clear water, and climate solutions, all while playing the critical role of ensuring an abundant fiber, fuel and food supply,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “With the launch of this new office, we are ensuring agricultural and rural stakeholders will continue to have a seat at the table for many years to come.”

The new office will collaborate with small, underserved towns and rural communities that are seeking federal investments in infrastructure upgrades and other community improvement opportunities.

OARA will be led by Rod Snyder, who has served as Administrator Regan’s Senior Advisor for Agriculture since October 2021.

The new office will increase coordination with a network of existing agriculture policy advisers located in all 10 EPA regional offices across the country, the EPA said.

It will also facilitate closer coordination between the EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and state departments of agriculture. T

OARA will also house EPA’s existing Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee (FRRCC).

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Miles Smith

Miles Smith has more than two decades of communications experience in the public and private sectors, including several years of covering local governments for various daily and weekly print publications. His scope of work includes handling public relations for large private-sector corporations and managing public-facing communications for local governments.

Smith has recently joined the team as a content writer for SPI’s news publications, which include Texas Government Insider, Government Contracting Pipeline and its newest digital product, Government Market News, which launched in September 2023. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s in journalism.

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