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USDA chief: Rural America
becoming less relevant

Associated Press, by Mary Clare Jalonick

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/8/2012 3:33:38 PM

WASHINGTON- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It´s "becoming less and less relevant," he says. A month after an election that Democrats won even as rural parts of the country voted overwhelmingly Republican, the former Democratic governor of Iowa told farm belt leaders this past week that he´s frustrated with their internecine squabbles and says they need to be more strategic in picking their political fights. "It´s time for us to have an adult conversation with folks in rural America," Vilsack said in a speech at a forum sponsored by the Farm Journal.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ArthurDent, 12/8/2012 3:40:09 PM     (No. 9055529)

Yeah, the big city dilberts are gonna be really surprised that they can´t legislate food production.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: strike3, 12/8/2012 3:40:13 PM     (No. 9055530)

Just who is it that feeds your fat ass, Tommy?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jackie, 12/8/2012 3:43:00 PM     (No. 9055533)

this coming from an ex Gov of IA and who had his pudgy frumpy wife running for Steve KIng´s seat and got her butt whipped. Wonder if he would have said that if she would have won...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 12/8/2012 3:43:17 PM     (No. 9055535)

After the Government´s brave new world comes apart, which will start with the collapse of all the big cities, we´ll just see who´s relevant and who isn´t...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Ret.TxLeo, 12/8/2012 3:45:25 PM     (No. 9055539)

They subsidize chinese farmers at USDA...so that is where they are going. You would think the Farm Bureau and several other "Farmers" lobbyest could see it coming...oh wait that´s right they don´t represent the everyday farmer and rancher they represent BIG FOOD - Monsanto, ADM, Nancy Pelosi´s husband (Star Kist Dole etc).

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Reply 6 - Posted by: NYbob, 12/8/2012 3:45:40 PM     (No. 9055542)

Reap the whirlwind Iowa. Between this guy and Harken I have to wonder what is wrong with the voters over there. I know a lot of hard scrabble types think the democrats are actually for the working man, but I would think that well has to be drying up. As small businessmen I think the message has been loud and clear for 4 long years. Wake up, and figure out a way to get that farm into a trust, real quick.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: reilly, 12/8/2012 4:08:33 PM     (No. 9055569)

Revenge for the metrosexual nancy boys.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jackie, 12/8/2012 4:38:16 PM     (No. 9055603)

funny #6 I wonder the same thing about New York voters

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Reply 9 - Posted by: paulfromTexas, 12/8/2012 4:58:55 PM     (No. 9055626)

"Less relevant".....close to the description of the US Department of Agriculture,which is "irrelevant."

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Reply 10 - Posted by: angelgrammi, 12/8/2012 5:13:41 PM     (No. 9055641)

"It´s time for us to have an adult conversation with folks in rural America,"

Are there any adults in the Obama administration with whom we might have this conversation?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Hoosier, 12/8/2012 5:54:37 PM     (No. 9055678)

Irrelevant unless you´ve grown fond of eating over the last few years.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jl80863, 12/8/2012 6:09:41 PM     (No. 9055702)

Well said #10.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/8/2012 6:35:32 PM     (No. 9055718)

I have the utmost respect and appreciation for Rural America, which feeds not only America but a good part of the World.
democrats are insane!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Penney, 12/8/2012 6:52:39 PM     (No. 9055736)

This is apparently just the latest on the ever increasing list to go under the dems´ divisive statist agenda bus. ...The dems are trying to slice & dice the American people, E Pluribus Unim, every which way, eh? mmm mmm mmm

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Reply 15 - Posted by: nonsense, 12/8/2012 7:12:53 PM     (No. 9055748)

Unless rural America needs food stamps, the USDA is not interested. Farmers are on their own. The takers win another one.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: rollingcow, 12/8/2012 8:54:10 PM     (No. 9055842)

You beat me to it, #8! Every State has good and bad, not sure running Iowa down when you´re from back East is smart.
Mrs. Cow

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Reply 17 - Posted by: DARling, 12/8/2012 8:57:49 PM     (No. 9055845)

The city folks will be sorry some day when they find out bread doesn´t grow on store shelves.

Yet another ninny we have in a position of power in Obama´s administration.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Scribelus, 12/8/2012 9:18:53 PM     (No. 9055863)

Farm former urban areas, such as downtown Detroit. Socialist policies will render cities into farmland. Agriculture moves to HUD.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: irishwolfielady, 12/8/2012 11:15:41 PM     (No. 9055951)

Sounds like Agenda 21 getting started!

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