SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2007 | ryan.alexander
Tom Harkin posted a guest blog on www.ruralpopulist.org today to highlight some of his proposals for the 2007 Farm Bill. The Rural Populist is a blog run by former Iowa resident and candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Brian Depew, who currently works at the Center for Rural Affairs in Nebraska:
Tom Harkin: Strengthening America with Investments in Rural America
Guest Post by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin
In the last few weeks I’ve traveled to over 26 cities and towns all over Iowa to meet face to face with residents and listen to their hopes, their concerns, and their feedback on the 2007 farm bill, which will strengthen investment and economic opportunities for our rural communities and farmers, conserve our environment while decreasing our dependence on foreign sources of oil and improve the quality and safety of our food and nutritional options for our children.
What struck me most during these personal meetings was how our uniquely American entrepreneurial spirit is stronger than ever. I have always believed that one of the cardinal responsibilities of government is to provide the basic infrastructure for Americans with innovative ideas to be able to readily carry them out and in Washington, Anamosa, Lake City, and other cities and rural communities across Iowa I was able to witness this entrepreneurial spirit first hand.
In Washington, I met with a local family-owned company called Practical Environmental Solutions that started with a grant they received from the 2002 farm bill that helps to reduce waste by transforming wood into pellets that can burn cleanly in an oven. And in Anamosa and Lake City, I met with farmers who are using innovative conservation practices that not only help protect and improve the environment, but also help strengthen their income from the Conservation Security Program that I created in the 2002 farm bill.