Vilsack Praises Farmers and Ranchers
Speaking in Iowa Thursday - Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack touted farmers as some of the nation's greatest assets. He said U.S. agriculture continues to be a bright spot in the American economy and a driving force behind export growth, job creation and the nation's competitiveness because of the productivity of farmers, ranchers and producers. According to Vilsack - U.S. agriculture is responsible for one out of every 12 jobs and provides our food, feed, fiber and fuel - all while helping drive the national economy.
Vilsack also noted the work of USDA to strengthen the rural economy over the past three years. He highlighted - among other things - historic investment in America's rural communities, maintaining a strong safety net and investing in broadband service for nearly seven-million rural residents. Vilsack also talked about the work of the first-ever White House Rural Council - which he chairs. Since its establishment in June of last year - Vilsack says the Council has supported a broad spectrum of rural initiatives.
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