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.
Source: NAFB News Service