USDA Plans for a Stronger Rural America

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm and Foreign Ag Services’ Jim Miller spoke with attendees of the Cotton Producers/Cotton Foundation Summer Meeting to discuss the USDA’s focus on building a new framework for rural America and new opportunities for producers in all agriculture sectors.
Via telephone he told producers, “It’s a challenging time for all of agriculture, but we’ve always faced challenging times and we will work through them.”
Miller spoke on a variety of USDA goals to inform producers of the USDA’s approach to fix the current situation. According to Miller the USDA is committed to strengthen income through research and wish to expand rural communities to improve opportunities for small businesses.
One of the main goals of the USDA is to create jobs in the agriculture industry especially with the blossoming Biofuel industry. The USDA also is focusing on expanding and retaining abroad markets.
Miller also noted a push for farmers to participate in new, complex programs such as the ACRE and SURE programs. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack encourages full participation in the 2010 Conservation Reserve Program as well. “He is committed to keep enrolled acreage near the 32 million-acre cap,” Miller explained.
For information on nation-wide programs, contact your local Farm Service Agency or county USDA office.
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