U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the emphasis on building a stronger economy and middle class – outlined by President Obama in his State of the Union speech last night – is what’s happening in Rural America. Farmers make, create and innovate – says Vilsack – and that lends itself to increased exports, which helps the entire economy.
“Agriculture is doing that,” says Vilsack, “Agriculture is a proof point for the President’s formula. It’s probably the strongest proof point in the economy today. And, we at USDA are going to continue to work for the American public to make sure that agriculture continues to succeed.”
Vilsack says the president’s push for increased renewable fuels production and continued expansion of broadband, for example, will directly impact the economies of rural areas and the nation as a whole.