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"""Vilsack, ... encouraged farmers to embrace new kinds of markets, work to promote global exports and replace a "preservation mindset with a growth mindset." He said they also need to embrace diversity because it is an issue important to young people who are leaving rural areas.""" Talk about your BS, MS and PHD- he certainly can shovel it. Diversity? Because urban kids won't go into farming if there are not enough (insert groups here)? Really? And what does "growth" mean? Last I heard, the number of acres was fixed and dwindling as those urbanes took it over. And the article makes a point of stating how Republican rural areas voted, but left out how urban areas lack any diversity with their 80% to 95% lockstep voting for Dems. BTW the "preservation" mindset comes from those environmental wackos. Farmers are into conservation and land use issues, the only thing they "preserve" goes into a Mason jar. Sounds like our secretary has been off the farm and drinking the beltway Kool-Aid just a little too long. Bill G.
Spoken like a true beaurocrat. Rural American is not becoming irrelevant. Politicians who dismiss middle America as fly over country and treat those who disagree with them as hicks and dolt are the irrelevant ones. Rural America votes Republican in a big part because they don't want gov't sticking its nose into every aspect of life. They prefer to be and wish to be left the hell alone.
ranger78: "Rural America votes Republican in a big part because they don't want gov't sticking its nose into every aspect of life. They prefer to be and wish to be left the hell alone."
It would seem that given the former, Rural America will continue to experience more of the latter, but change "alone" to "on their own."
The decline of the family farm, by way of corporate farms and Cargill, Inc. have eroded rural america, their communities, and an overall sense of community. It used to be that in rural america and small towns, people had more of a sense of community. If there is no sense of community even in rural areas...what's the point of living in rual America?
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