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Vilsack warns rural America ‘becoming less relevant’

Agriculture secretary tells leaders they need to stop squabbling

Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack, shown in July during a press briefing at the White House, says rural America is "becoming less and less relevant" as the nation's population continues to shift to its cities.
Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack, shown in July during a press briefing at the White House, says rural America is "becoming less and less relevant" as the nation's population continues to shift to its cities.
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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 ...


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