This week, American innovation is one of our most special traditions, fueling our nation to new heights over the course of our history. Innovation is critically important in rural America, where research is helping to grow American agriculture, create new homegrown products, generate advanced renewable energy and more.
One very important reason for Congress to expedite work toward a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill is to continue today's rapid growth in local and regional marketing opportunities for American agriculture.
In his weekly radio address Rural America faces tremendous uncertainty today. Congress has not yet passed a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill, and the current extension of 2008 Farm Bill programs will soon expire.
In his weekly radio address Natural resource conservation is paramount to the ongoing strength of our nation. Healthy soil contributes to agricultural productivity. Healthy forests clean our water and air.