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Agriculture Secretary Testifies on the Rural Economy

Washington, DC
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testified Tuesday at a House Agriculture Committee hearing on the state of the rural economy.

He discussed the urgency of passing a farm bill this year, as well as the impact of sequestration on the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

Secretary Vilsack warned in a recent letter that automatic spending cuts could possibly result in a two-week closure of meat plants due to furlough of meat inspectors, as well as closing national forest campgrounds over the summer.

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) chairs the committee.

Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 1:26pm (ET)

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