Center for Rural Affairs Congratulates Vilsack

Release Date: 

12/17/2008

Contact(s): 

Chuck Hassebrook, chuckh@cfra.org, (402) 687-2103 ext. 1018 or John Crabtree, johnc@cfra.org, (402) 687-2103 ext. 1010
LYONS, NE - Center for Rural Affairs' Executive Director, Chuck Hassebrook congratulated former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack on his appointment by President-elect Barack Obama to be the next Secretary of Agriculture. "I think he's a good choice to implement the vision for rural America that President-elect Obama put forth in the campaign," Hassebrook said.
According to Hassebrook, President-elect Obama ran on an aggressive platform of change in farm and rural policy, and Governor Vilsack's most important job will be implementing that vision.  

"We will continue to work with Vilsack to keep rural entrepreneurship, agricultural conservation, and family farming and ranching at the forefront of crucial, upcoming debates," Hassebrook added.

The Center for Rural Affairs is also collecting signatures and comments on a Grassroots Letter to Secretary Vilsack. The letter urges the new Secretary to carry through on the policies Obama campaigned on. The Center is urging people to sign the letter and add their own comments about farm and rural policy reform as well as their hopes and concerns for rural America's future (http://www.cfra.org/08/grassroots-letter). Since the launch of the open letter petition on Monday, over 700 individuals have signed.

Hassebrook, Executive Director for the Center for Rural Affairs and a University of Nebraska regent, applied for the position of U.S. Agriculture Secretary last Thursday after growing discouraged with the reported list of possible nominees.  Several media outlets have mentioned him as a possible candidate for the position.

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