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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Iowa Insider: Vilsack -- A quick study so far

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Insider

It appears U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been hitting the
briefing books. The new leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
fielded federal ag policy questions for nearly an hour Monday morning
in his first presser. Vilsack gave long, detailed answers on biofuels,
farm payment limits and even talked about the importance of the Forest
Service. The Pittsburg-native-turned-Iowa-small-town-mayor also talked
about the need to revitalize rural America, especially through
broadband Internet access. "The capacity of folks in rural communities
to have access to the Internet cannot be underappreciated or
underestimated," Vilsack said. "You can't open yourself up to world
markets, to new opportunities, unless you have access to that tool."

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