Friday, January 28, 2011

Just in from Washington


Vilsack: President Follows Road Map Laid Out by Farmers

Washington--Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said President Barack Obama’s State of the Union delivered Tuesday followed a roadmap laid out by the nation’s farmers.

Vilsack said the president emphasized that the government needs to spend less and spend wisely and get serious about deficit reduction, and the U.S. must take the lead globally in innovation. The secretary said this is the same formula used by agriculture.

“If you look at farmers and ranchers around the country they recognize they can’t be overburdened with debt; they’ve reduced their debt significantly, they have embraced innovation so they’ve become far more productive, and as a result, we have seen significant increases in exports, which helps the bottom line for farms and ranching operations,” Vilsack said.

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