Andrew W. Griffin
The Norman Transcript
September 17, 2009
Asked about emissions trading or “cap and trade” and its effect on Oklahoma’s agricultural economy, Vilsack noted having taken part in a recent climate change task force project with the Council on Foreign Relations.
[efoods]As part of a “Rural Tour” of America, assigned to him by President Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, former governor of Iowa and a lawyer, made a stop before a large group of people assembled at Redlands Community College in El Reno.
The visit to El Reno, his only “Rural Tour” stop in Oklahoma, is the 19th stop on the tour, following stops in towns ranging from Bethel, Alaska, to St. John Parish, La. During the tour, Vilsack has made it his goal to listen to rural folks and discuss ways to better rural life and communities.
“It is critically important to hear the thoughts, concerns and stories about Oklahoma’s vision for its future and to collect ideas about how USDA can better serve these communities,” Vilsack said.