USDA Official Holds White House Rural Roundtable in Vermont to Discuss Economic Growth and Job Creation in New England
BERLIN, Vt., August 3, 2011 – Acting Agriculture Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Michael Scuse met today with agricultural producers and rural business leaders to explore ways federal, state and local officials can work together to improve economic conditions and create jobs. The meeting, held at the University of Vermont Extension Office in Berlin, is part of a series of White House Rural Roundtables that are being held across the country this summer with senior Administration officials on behalf of the White House Rural Council.
"Vermont residents provided me with valuable input about our USDA programs, which I will take back with me to Washington," Scuse said. "USDA, together with the rest of the Obama Administration, is working through the White House Rural Council to support farmers, families and businesses in New England, specifically in Vermont, so that their success will pay dividends for all Americans."
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack was asked by President Obama to chair the Rural Council in an effort to build on the Administration's robust economic strategy for rural America and to make sure that continued federal investments create maximum benefit for rural Americans. The Rural Roundtables give an opportunity for government leaders to hear directly from business leaders around the country about their ideas on how to grow the economy. This exchange is also intended to educate business and community leaders about USDA programs and other resources within the federal government to help them compete and expand. USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices to improve the quality of life in rural America.
In June, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the first White House Rural Council. Since his inauguration, President Obama's Administration has taken significant steps to improve the lives of rural Americans and has provided broad support for rural communities. The Obama Administration has set goals of modernizing infrastructure by providing broadband access to 10 million Americans, expanding educational opportunities for students in rural areas, providing affordable health care, promoting innovation and expanding the production of renewable energy. In the long term, these unparalleled rural investments will help ensure that America's rural communities are repopulating, self-sustaining, and thriving economically.
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