This week, innovation is at the heart of the American agriculture success story. As a matter of course, today's farmers and ranchers must constantly prepare and adapt to get ahead of tomorrow's challenges.
This week, at USDA, we are working hard to ensure that America's next generation has access to the healthy foods they need to grow, learn, achieve, and eventually to compete and succeed on a global stage.
This week, Rural America faces a unique set of challenges when it comes to combating poverty in our towns and communities. Too often, rural people and places are hard to reach or otherwise underserved-but not forgotten.
This week, America's farmers and ranchers work hard every day to put healthy food on our tables. Thanks to their incredible productivity, we have the capacity to produce enough food not only for every American family, but for much of the world.
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.