Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a National Summit of Rural America: A Dialogue for Renewing Promise. The one day event will take place in Hillsboro, Mo., on June 3, 2010 on the campus of Jefferson College, near St. Louis. Summit participants will take part in plenary and breakout sessions on a multitude of issues which include rebuilding and revitalizing rural America, creating new jobs, improving infrastructure, improving farm competitiveness, and encouraging innovation in renewable energy.
In making the announcement, Secretary Vilsack said that this Summit will be an opportunity for rural Americans to share their vision for creating a more prosperous and promising future for rural America. Farmers, ranchers, and foresters from throughout the country have the opportunity to engage with key policymakers and community leaders to discuss the priorities and policies necessary to keep its future bright.
This National Summit culminates the Rural Tour Secretary Vilsack led last year. Interested participants may register by visiting http://www.usda.gov/ruralsummit. Early registration is recommended as attendance will be limited.