(NAFB)--The new agriculture counselor at the Environmental Protection Agency says she wants to improve communications between the agency and rural America. Sarah Bittleman says she will need to hear from the farmers in order to counsel EPA on agriculture. Bittleman previously served as senior adviser to U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack on energy and EPA issues. She has also worked at the Department of the Interior and in the House and Senate on issues ranging from energy and natural resources to Native Americans and climate change. According to Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis - Bittleman is an excellent choice for the position of EPA ag counselor. He says she’s open minded and always willing to listen.
Bittleman says her overall goals at EPA are to increase economic opportunity, make sure rural Americans know what is coming down the pike and to create jobs. She says there is a network of folks at the agency who have a genuine interest in agriculture. She wants to create better communication - a better network of the folks at EPA who really get ag. But Bittleman admits she won’t be able to make everybody happy. She says her job is to help keep agriculture informed about what EPA is up to - and to tell EPA how agriculture is going to respond to what the agency is going to do.