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White House Launches Rural America Champions of Change Website

On Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2011, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack attended a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, with President Barack Obama, the President's Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes and rural communities leaders from across the country for the White House Rural Champions of Change event. The purpose of this meeting is to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth. Prior to coming here, they were posed with a question about, what should/should not the government be doing to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth. USDA photo by Lance Cheung.

On Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2011, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack attended a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, with President Barack Obama, the President's Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes and rural communities leaders from across the country for the White House Rural Champions of Change event. USDA photo by Lance Cheung.

As chair of the recently established White House Rural Council, I want to make sure you take a look at a new web page that went live on the White House Champions of Change website.  It is focused on the meeting that was held at the White House on July 6, with President Obama, myself and 18 Rural Champions from across 14 states.  The new site features blogs and short video clips from participants about the meeting.  I hope that you’ll take a moment to check it out: http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

The President’s Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes attended the meeting as well and she posted a blog that includes more details about what was discussed at the meeting and next steps for the White House Rural Council.

Participating in the Champions meeting was an invaluable opportunity for me to hear firsthand from people who are making great things happen in their own rural communities to create jobs and promote economic growth.  I know that many of the best ideas come directly from Americans outside of Washington, and my hope is that other folks throughout the country benefit from their ingenuity.  Over the summer, Cabinet officials and USDA leaders will host similar meetings as part of the Rural Council with stakeholders, including agricultural organizations, small businesses, and state, local, and tribal governments that have innovative ideas for how we can grow rural economies.

To learn more about what people in rural communities are accomplishing with USDA assistance in rural communities throughout the country, read a few recent posts on the USDA blog.

One Response to “White House Launches Rural America Champions of Change Website”

  1. Juan A. Saenz says:

    What is Barack Obama doing to help Texas as far as our drought concern? most counties in the hill country and in the Rio Grande Valley are bone dry and are at the stage to where we are not allowed to water, because of the resstrictions we are under. With the debt crisis still lingering how are the farmers and ranchers supposed to provide to the rest of the country, yet alone their own community, if they can not get the sufficient ammount of grants they can recieve through the NRCS field office.

    Thank you,
    Juan A. Saenz

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