Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Regarding Proposed FY 2013 Budget

WASHINGTON, February 13, 2012- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the Proposed FY 2013 budget:

“The President and I believe that this is a make or break moment for the middle class. What’s at stake is the basic American promise that if you work hard, you can do well enough to raise a family, own a home, and put a little away for retirement. To keep that promise alive, we need an economy that makes, creates and innovates – an economy that’s built to last.

“Over the past three years, USDA has worked with the Obama Administration to respond to the economic crises of 2008, put Americans back to work, and to rebuild economic security for the middle class.

“USDA has supported farmers, ranchers and growers so that last year they enjoyed record farm income. We have focused on creating jobs and building a foundation for future economic growth, especially in rural America, where unemployment is falling than in other parts of the country.

“The President’s 2013 USDA budget helps us to continue this progress, supporting robust farm income and good jobs in rural communities.

Secretary Vilsack’s full statement can be accessed by visiting http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2012/02/0050.xml&contentidonly=true

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