“Why I’m Thankful for Rural America”
This week, Americans across our nation will gather around Thanksgiving tables with family and friends. Every year at this time, I am reminded how blessed we are to have a strong, vibrant rural America which provides so much for each of us, every day.
Rural America provides our families with a safe, secure, affordable food supply, unrivaled outdoor recreational opportunities, healthy soil and clean water. Our nation’s leading efforts in renewable fuel and energy are based in rural America, as are millions of American jobs.
Our farmers, ranchers and growers are the most productive on earth. Their work allows us to feed people at home and around the world. It means that American families pay less for their food than the people of any other developed nation. It strengthens our economy, with agriculture supporting one in 12 U.S. jobs.
Their farm fields hold the promise of new technology – from incredible new green building materials, to advanced biobased products. Their homegrown energy is bringing down the price of gas today, and setting the stage for the next generation of advanced biofuels.”
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