NFU: State of the Union Address Promising for Rural America

26 01 2011

WASHINGTON (Jan. 25, 2011) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement following the State of the Union address by President Obama:

“Tonight the president called for a spark in the creativity and imagination of our people, calling it our generation’s Sputnik. American farmers and ranchers are also among our most creative when given a challenge. When given a goal for energy security and independence, they have and will continue to provide creative and renewable solutions such as biofuels, wind power and solar energy. We can win the clean energy race. Agriculture can help lead the way for the United States to meet the goal 80 percent of America’s electricity coming from clean energy sources by 2035.

“NFU was founded on the notion of the importance of bringing the same opportunities to rural parts of the country as those in more densely populated places. Access to broadband for rural Americans today is just as important as electricity and telephones were in the past.

“NFU will continue to work with policymakers to ensure U.S. farmers and ranchers are represented as we strive to meet the goals mentioned by the president this evening.”

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