Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke to Commodity Classic attendees and thanked the farmers for their hard work–whether for helping get a farm bill passed, or feeding the world, Vilsack offered much appreciation to the farmers across the U.S.:

 

Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. It's great to be back at Commodity Classic. And I want to start off this morning with a couple of thank you's to every single person in this audience and to producers around the country.
 
You know, we unfortunately in this country do not thank you all enough or as frequently as we should. We are a food secure nation because of your hard work. Our families don't have to worry about where the next meal is coming from. You produce it. We don't have to worry about whether we have to rely on someone else for our food. Virtually everything we need to feed our families is grown and raised in this great country.
 
You provide us economic security because we spend so little of our paychecks and wages for food because of the efficiencies of your operations. Virtually nowhere else in the world can you get out of a grocery store and still have money in your pockets from your paycheck the way you can in the United States.

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