Work Begins on 2012 Farm Bill

United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is working to improve living conditions in rural America.
Rural America counts for 20 percent of the country’s population and has the highest unemployment and poverty rate in the country.
Although exports are increasing and there is more help for farmers, profits aren’t increasing and many farmers are looking for additional jobs or income to support their families.
Vilsack noted that broadband, biotech and biofuels are important to economic growth in these areas because they not only bring in money to farms, but will also create more jobs for locals.
The USDA is meeting with legislatures to discuss the 2012 Farm Bill. Farm Bills are written by Congress to help with the nutrition, rural development, land stewardship, agricultural research and crop subsidies for American producers. One major change is a suggestion by the Obama administration to reduce payments to the largest farmers.
Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau, said the bureau is not for or against the suggestions made by Vilsack, but must first sit down and talk everything out thoroughly.
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