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By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

In his first year in office, President Obama pulled us back from the brink of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression and worked to lay a new foundation for economic growth. The president identified three key strategies to build that lasting prosperity: innovation, investment, and education.

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 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

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

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 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 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 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.

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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 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

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 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 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Proper school nutrition must be complemented by activities outside of the cafeteria. The decisions parents make to keep their kids healthy are critical in fighting this battle on the home front.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

I think a lot of people don't understand the makeup of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program population, of the food stamp population, 80 percent senior citizens, people with disabilities, children, and those who are actually in the work force working. The folks who are not - who are able-bodied, who are adults, who don't have dependents, there's a desire to make sure that they get to work and that they aren't basically gaming the system. But the reality is, they have a responsibility to either be involved in work or education, or they're limited in terms of their benefits.

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

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

If I had a rain prayer or a rain dance I could do, I would do it.

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 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

One out of every 12 jobs in the economy is connected in some way, shape or form to what happens on the farm.

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 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

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 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

There is more potential for economic growth in rural America than at any time in decades.

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.

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 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 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Many young and beginning farmers start out in local markets. Some stay there, and some scale up.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

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

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Tom Vilsack

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

To keep farmers on the farm we must maintain a strong farm safety net, but we will also have to build a thriving companion economy to compliment production agriculture 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 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

But It doesn't make sense for us to have a continued reliance on a supply of oil where whenever there is unrest in another part of the world, gasoline prices jump up. We need a renewable fuel industry that's more than corn-based, of course, and there are a whole series of great opportunities here.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Very few people know that my department is responsible for 1.2 million home loans since I have been secretary. That's 1.2 million families that are living in homes in rural America that would never have homeownership, but for the United States Department of Agriculture's programs. We have to do more of educating people about the partnership that does exist between rural America and their government.

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 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

In the past 40 years, the United States lost more than a million farmers and ranchers. Many of our farmers are aging. Today, only nine percent of family farm income comes from farming, and more and more of our farmers are looking elsewhere for their primary source of income.

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 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

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

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

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 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 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

Food is a fairly significant aspect of my life. I have struggled mightily with food. With my weight. And I'm conscious of it. So I have a sensitivity to people who struggle with their weight.

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 14 Sep

Tom Vilsack

I wish I could give you all the examples over the last two years as secretary of agriculture, where I hear people in rural America constantly being criticized, without any expression of appreciation for what they do do.

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 15 Sep

Tom Vilsack

There are children with dreams counting on us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Vilsack

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

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.