The USDA has been working concertedly since the 1930’s to decrease the number of citizen’s in the US who are actually engaged in farming. The focus, especially since the 1950’s has been to tell farmers to “get big or get out”. Now Vilsack has the audacity to state “It’s time to have a grown up conversation with rural America”. I guess this is the tenor we can expect as we move “Forward”. My comment to all of non-rural America is, “Let Them Eat Grass”
Vilsack says farm belt leaders need to be strategic in picking political fights. | AP Photo
By ASSOCIATED PRESS | 12/8/12 8:45 AM EST
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It’s “becoming less and less relevant,” he says.
A month after an election that Democrats won even as rural parts of the country voted overwhelmingly Republican, the former Democratic governor of Iowa told farm belt leaders this past week that he’s frustrated with their internecine squabbles and says they need to be more strategic in picking their political fights.
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