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New Council Will Focus on Rural Jobs, Growth

CHERYL TEVIS 06/12/2011 @ 5:52pm Cheryl has been an editor at Successful Farming since 1979.

Although rural America's economy outpaced its urban counterpart in 2010, weather-related disasters in 2011 may stall the recovery. A new White House Rural Council was announced last week to help meet these challenges.


"The Rural Council announced by President Obama shows his continued focus on promoting economic opportunity, creating jobs, and enhancing the quality of life for those who life in rural America," said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.


The White House Rural Council will coordinate programs across government to encourage private-pubblic partnerships. 'In a time of scarce resources, we want to work together in smart and creative ways and leverage those resources," Vilsack said.


The Council will begin by discussing key factors for growth, including:


Jobs: Improve job training and workforce development

Agriculture: Expand markets, including regional food systems and exports

Access to Credit: Increase opportunity by expanding access to capital and fostering local investment

Innovation: Promote expansion of biofuels production capacity and community-based renewable energy projects

Networks: Develop high-growth regional economies by capitalizing on inherent regional strengths

Health care: Improve access to quality care through expansion of health technology systems

Education: Increase post-secondary enrollment rates and completion for rural students

Broadband: Support the administration's plan to increase broadband opportunities

Infrastructure: Coordinate investment in critical infrastructure

Ecosystem markets: Expand opportunities for conservation, outdoor opportunities and economic

growth on working lands and public lands


"Moms and Dads want to be able to talk to their kids about job opportunities in rural areas," Vilsack said. "They have great concerns that there aren't adequate rural options."

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Sandbags and Sandbagging 06/13/2011 @ 11:14am This is clearly sandbagging

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How many Democrats does it take to create an ag jo 06/13/2011 @ 11:06am Answer: None of them. All they have to do is get off their butt and pass the FTAs that are rotting in Congress thanks to this Admnistration. BTW - how did health care technology sneak into this program? Another way to insert Obamacare into the misery this Administration causes US Farmers in addition to the FTA debacle. Also, the ethanol deathblow does not help the rural areas. How about we save all these useless Federal newly-created jobs and just pass the FTAs and support ethanol?

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