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By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Hillary Clinton was in rural America during the Iowa caucuses, but I think the nature of a campaign makes it more difficult once you become the candidate. There's a messaging opportunity here throughout, not just in the election season, but before the election, the opportunity to underscore what government is doing in a positive way in partnership with rural folks. I think it's a messaging issue. It's being there physically, talking to folks, listening to people, respecting and admiring what they do, and then making sure that they understand precisely what the partnership is.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Food during my early years was a very difficult issue for me. I grew up in an addictive family. My mother had serious problems with alcohol and prescription drugs. I was an overweight kid. I can remember back in those days there weren't the strategies that there are today to deal with those issues.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

More than half of America's rural counties are losing population and with it, political representation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Let us tackle the big issues with bold ideas that transform Iowa to accomplish our shared mission to grow Iowa, and realize our shared vision of Iowa as the best place to live, work and raise a family.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

President Obama's fight for rural America is personal. He was raised by a single mom and grandparents from Kansas. He hails from a farming state, Illinois.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

To amplify our efforts, USDA is joining with First Lady Michelle Obama in aggressively promoting the 'Let's Move' campaign, which will combat the epidemic of childhood obesity through a comprehensive approach that builds on effective strategies, and mobilizes public and private sector resources.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Although they are some of the hardest working folks I know, rural Americans earn, on average, $11,000 less than their urban counterparts each year. And they are more likely to live in poverty.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

At President Obama's direction, the U.S Department of Agriculture is working hard to unleash the power of America's innovators and entrepreneurs to build a green energy economy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

It's how you make decisions that matters, and that ought to be the question that people ask of any candidate for any executive office, whether it's mayor, governor or president. How do you make decisions? Who do you want in the room helping you make those decisions?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

My friends, history, history calls us to this time and to this place. A solemn choice rests with us - where do we go from here? Do we move slowly and incrementally? Or do we seize the challenge of our time and tackle the great issues of our day.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

The rural economy is significantly better. Our natural resources, particularly our working lands, are more resilient. And more money is being invested in soil conservation and water preservation. Our forests will be in better shape if Congress does what it needs to do to fix the fire-suppression budget.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Democrats have always historically referred to our families as working families, and I have sort of changed that moniker. I think what we have is a nation of worried families - families that are concerned about job security, families who thought their pensions were secure and now have questions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

This is an exciting time for farmers and ranchers of all types and sizes as agriculture is a bright spot in the American economy. In 2011, agricultural exports hit a record high and producers saw their best incomes in nearly 40 years.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

The food pyramid is very complicated. It doesn't give you as much info in a quick glance as the plate does.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

We should also challenge this country to come up with strategies and technologies that allow us to produce nuclear energy without necessarily producing a byproduct that can be converted to something far more dangerous. I believe that can be done. It may not be done tomorrow, but it clearly needs to be worked on.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

I would say that, from an agricultural perspective, I have a little bit of concern, because some of the folks I don't know are particularly supportive of the renewable fuel industry and the renewable fuel standard, which is a big part of certainly Midwestern agriculture. I'm hopeful that, when we see his ultimate selection for ag secretary, that we will see someone who is a strong advocate for renewable fuels, and what that means to Midwestern producers. And, for that matter, now, all over the country, we're seeing more and more of the biofuels being produced from a variety of sources.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

And sometimes people don't realize that 90 percent of the persistent poverty counties are located in rural America.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

We have a long tradition in this state of caring for our neighbors - it is truly an Iowa value.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Today, President Obama is making smart investments in clean energy - wind, solar, biofuels - as part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy that supports thousands of jobs, not in the Middle East, but in the Midwest.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Every political race I've started, I've entered as an underdog and a long shot. This is certainly no exception. But I happen to be the best person for this job. Democrats need someone who can win. And there are two strategies for winning: You can energize the base, which is the strategy the party has used in the last couple of elections...unfortunately without success.Or you can energize and expand the base and bring the campaign to states where we've not had much success particularly in the heartland.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

A healthy workforce is essential to grow our state and compete in the global marketplace. These actions are important to improve the health security of Iowans by making healthcare more affordable and accessible.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

If we can get people to focus on fruits and vegetables and more healthy foods, we'll be better in terms of our healthcare situation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

I think we have not done a good job of explaining to people in rural America what is actually happening, number one. And, number two, we're not expressing appreciation and acknowledging the contribution that rural America makes. Where does your food come from? Where does the water come from? Where does the energy feedstock come from? It all comes from rural areas. Where does your military come from? Nearly 35 to 40 percent of the military is from 15 percent of America's population living in rural America. It makes a tremendous contribution to this country. It just isn't recognized.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Strong communities ... embrace change. New discoveries require us to think differently and approach things differently, to think anew.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

I think the Iraqis themselves will have to make a determination as to what type of government they ultimately come up with and what kind of nation they ultimately come up with. But they can continually use America's troops presence. The problem is not going to change until they are confronted with the reality that they have to make decisions and they have to make them themselves. They have to decide whether they want a country, whether they're willing to put their lives on the line and sacrifice for a national interest as opposed to a regional or sectarian interest.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Quality, affordable housing is a key element of a strong and secure Iowa.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

The Obama administration will continue to fight for a comprehensive immigration solution that includes AgJobs and a stable workforce for our farms.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Americans ... want leaders who share their values, understand their needs, and respect their intelligence.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

The lack of access to proper nutrition is not only fueling obesity, it is leading to food insecurity and hunger among our children.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

The rise of childhood obesity has placed the health of an entire generation at risk.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

I think, certainly, Barack Obama has created an opportunity for America to understand that diversity is a blessing, diversity is a strength. It isn't necessarily something to be concerned about. And I think, at the end of the day, we're going to learn that this country operates best when it celebrates and surrounds itself and appreciates diversity, and doesn't shun it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

I can't give you a specific number today, in large part because the analysis upon which we would make that determination has not been completed. . . . I think it is fair to say there may be additional costs associated with a farming operation, but it is very difficult to quantify.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

If we are to transition to a new economy and to lead it, we must start by transforming our schools.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Rural Americans want leaders who help middle-class communities to plan and prosper over the long-term - not opportunists who reap the rewards for themselves, leaving nothing for the people who do the sowing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

There are children with dreams counting on us.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

When you've paid your debt to society, you need to be reconnected and re-engaged in society.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

I think the Democrats have - we really have failed to be in rural America, in the sense of having our leaders spending time talking to folks in rural America. The president Barack Obama has been there, but other than the president and vice president, we have had not a whole lot of conversation in rural America.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

I think President Barack Obama is going to be treated very, very well by history in terms of his ability to save the economy. And that's certainly true in rural areas. The unemployment rate is substantially reduced, the poverty rate is down, and in large part because of the investments that were made during the Recovery Act and thereafter, historic investments.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

I grew up in a city. My parents would think there was something wrong with America if they knew I was secretary of agriculture.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

I think, first and foremost, showing up, making sure that Democrats focus not just on elections, not just on presidential elections, but we begin the process of rebuilding the infrastructure of the party at the grassroots. We begin going out to all those rural counties and begin having a conversation with rural voters and making sure that we hear their concerns, hear their complaints, and also educate them about what we are doing, making sure that we focus on state legislative races, not just congressional, Senate, governor, and presidential races.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

There are a lot of farmers and ranchers who are struggling. I get on my knees every day. If I had a rain prayer or a rain dance I could do, I would do it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

People don't understand rural America. Sixteen percent of our population is rural, but 40 percent of our military is rural. I don't believe that's because of a lack of opportunity in rural America. I believe that's because if you grow up in rural America, you know you can't just keep taking from the land. You've got to give something back.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

People working together in a strong community with a shared goal and a common purpose can make the impossible possible.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

President Obama has expressed his commitment to responsible stewardship of our land, water, and other natural resources. And one way of restoring the land to its natural condition is what we are doing here today - breaking pavement for the People's Garden.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

The future of healthcare security should include flexibility from the federal government to allow us to serve the state's most vulnerable citizens.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

I think people have to remember where we were in 2009. We were losing 800,000 jobs a month. We had an unemployment rate in double digits. We had poverty rates soaring. We had kids who were food insecure. Today in 2016, we have a lot less unemployment, a lot less poverty, and a lot fewer kids who are food insecure.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Somewhere between 50 to 60 percent of the food you eat has been touched by immigrant hands, and it is fair to say some of them are not here as they should be here. But if you didn't have these folks, you would be spending a lot more - three, four or five times more - for food, or we would have to import food and have all the food security risks.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Over the past two years, the Obama Administration and USDA have worked to build a foundation for sustainable economic growth in rural America. At the center of our vision is an effort to increase domestic production and use of renewable energy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

I don't think the face of the Democratic Party is Nancy Pelosi.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

If we truly want an innovative and creative renewable fuel industry, then it needs to be challenged. And if we create a set of protections that allow it to not be as creative and innovative as possible, then we aren't doing a service to the industry or to the people of this country.