Connecting City and Country

Connecting City and Country

October 21, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFDTV) During RFD-TV’s RURAL TOWN HALL, Americans had an hour to ask Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack questions about policy and USDA-related issues. Founder of RFD-TV, Patrick Gottsch, asked about reconnecting cities and country. 

“As you know, if there’s one thing that unites all of agriculture and all segments of agriculture, is that we all have to do a better job of communicating our message with urban America,” said Gottsch. “You fight that battle every day, but I was wondering if you have any special thoughts on how we can get urban media and the urban public to better understand, what more we can do to better make that connection between city and country?”

“It occurred to me that here we are in Iowa,” began Vilsack, “which obviously is the epi-center of our Presidential campaign, with lots of Presidential candidates coming through. And I think it's an opportunity, as well for the national media that follows, to press them on a rural message and in doing so, perhaps educate them and the rest of the country about the importance of rural America and farmers and ranchers to the rest of us.” 

Watch Vilsack’s complete answer in the video above and see how he addressed other issues on RURAL TOWN HALL

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