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USDA Rural Tour

USDA Rural TourIn 2009, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack led the Obama Administration's Rural Tour, visiting dozens of communities in 20 states in an effort to engage in a more robust dialog with folks living in rural America. He was joined by other top Administration officials - including Vice President Joe Biden - to host meetings and events across the country, and engaged thousands of Americans in a conversation about how communities, states, and the federal government can work together to help strengthen rural America.

We learned from communities how the policies and support that USDA and the Obama Administration offer are driving job creation and affecting the lives of rural Americans. We gathered thoughts, concerns and stories about each community's vision for its future. What we heard and saw is that there are incredible opportunities in Rural America today - but that we need to embrace new strategies to create a thriving rural economy and drive that revitalization.

In 2011, President Obama launched the White House Rural Council to better coordinate federal efforts to support thriving economies in rural America, and he took a Economic Rural Tour of his own to talk to people from different walks of life about what is happening in our country. Today, USDA and the Obama administration continue to work with communities as they pursue new approaches to create jobs and generate wealth and build a stronger, more prosperous rural America for generations to come.

You can learn more about the Administration's discussions with business and agricultural leaders in rural communities in the White House Rural Council Feedback Report or visit the White House Rural Council site.

Watch Secretary Vilsack's Rural Tour VideoThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.

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Rural Tour in Zanesville, Ohio Rural Forum at the Iowa State Fair Rural Tour in Erie, Pennsylvania Rural Tour in Berlin, Maryland Rural Forum at the Iowa State Fair


Rural Tour Stops

October 5, 2009: Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to Bath, South Dakota
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September 30, 2009: Secretary Tom Vilsack will be joined by Representative Harry Teague in Las Cruces, NM, to discuss rural infrastructure
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September 28, 2009: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar will be joined by Senator Ben Nelson in Gering, Nebraska
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September 16, 2009: Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to El Reno, Oklahoma
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August 31, 2009: Rural Tour Community Forum with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and Congressman Zack Space
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August 31, 2009: Rural Tour Visits California's Central Valley
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August 26, 2009: Secretary Tom Vilsack and Rep. Dennis Cardoza will travel to Modesto, CA to host a rural forum
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August 21, 2009: Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Sedalia, MO, to discuss green jobs and a new energy economy, with a focus on renewable energies
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August 20, 2009: Rural Tour Fostering a Nationwide Discussion on Rural Issues
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August 19, 2009: Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Des Moines, IA to host an event at the Iowa State Fair
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August 18, 2009: Vilsack Outlines Vision for our Nation's Forests in Seattle Remarks
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August 17, 2009: Secretaries Arne Duncan and Tom Vilsack will travel to Hamlet, NC, to discuss rural education
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August 13, 2009: Secretaries Steven Chu, Shaun Donovan, Arne Duncan and Tom Vilsack traveled to Bethel and Hoopers Bay, AK
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July 24, 2009: Vilsack joins in urban tour event in Philadelphia
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July 20, 2009: Army National Guard Readiness Center, Reserve, LA
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July 18, 2009: Secretary Tom Vilsack and Energy Secretary Steven Chu traveled to Gretna, Virginia
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July 16, 2009: Secretaries Vilsack, LaHood make Rural Tour stop in Wisconsin
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July 13, 2009: Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to Charlotte, Michigan
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July 6, 2009: Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to Concord, New Hampshire
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June 1, 2009: Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to Geneseo, Illinois
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May 27, 2009: Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to Harrodsburg, Kentucky
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May 18, 2009: Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to Ludowici, Georgia
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May 12, 2009: Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to Portageville, Missouri
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May 11, 2009: Secretary Tom Vilsack, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Senator Michael Bennet, Senator Mark Udall, and Congresswoman Betsy Markey traveled to Brush, Colorado
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