Census Portends Less Congressional Clout for AG

By Ken Anderson, Brownfield

The latest census numbers indicate that, while urban areas continue to grow nationwide and will add new Congressional seats, rural areas will have less representation in Congress.

That scenario could make it even tougher to build support for federal farm programs. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hopes that isn’t the case.

“Because we have agricultural production that is the best in the world, consumers have a tremendous advantage in America,” Vilsack says. “We only spend about ten percent to fifteen percent of our paycheck for groceries. Part of the reason we do that is because we have a strong safety net for those producers who are faced with bad weather or bad markets. That allows them to stay in business.”

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