Secretary of Agriculture Talks with Missourians
KANSAS CITY - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack held a roundtable in Kansas City with local business and agriculture leaders to discuss the future of Missouri's economy. The meeting allowed Vilsack to hear feedback on how Missourians believe President Obama's State of the Union Address will be implemented in the state.
The President announced proposals to bring new manufacturing opportunities to the states. He hopes more products are stamped, "Made in the USA." He looks to bring about a new era for American energy fueled by local and alternative energy sources. Obama hopes students and workers get the training necessary to take on the jobs of the future. Finally, the president hopes to bring values of fairness and responsibility back to American households.
The USDA is supporting rural business and export products made in the U.S., to support the President's efforts. To support the President's new era for American energy, he plans to work with farmers and scientists to develop a nationwide biofuel economy creating thousands of new jobs.
The USDA provided more than $185 million in funding to help bring broadband to almost 40 thousand Missourians. They offered grants and loans to help more than 80 small and mid-sized Missouri businesses. The department also created more than 2,000 jobs over the past three years.