Tom Vilsack on Jobs
Democratic IA Governor
Launched plant construction projects to create jobs
In Iowa, we launched the largest power plant construction projects in state history creating thousands of good paying construction jobs. We promoted entrepreneurship with direct, focused help for men and women who have a dream. And we developed a
comprehensive, seven-year plan to create 50,000 new jobs. Bush must apply the same focused approach to uplifting the national economy instead of chaining our childrenís dreams to a rudderless and unfair economic agenda.
Source: Press Release
, Feb 24, 2004
University R&D will find new uses for crops
Research and development on our university campuses will expand the uses of our crops from food and fiber to cures for cystic fibrosis and other illness, to renewable, cleaner burning fuels, and to biodegradable materials suitable for manufacturing a
wide variety of products. Imagine a world where rosemary is used for more than adding flavor to food. Imagine a day when it will produce an anti-oxidant that wards off illness or disease. Imagine a world where pharmaceutical drugs are no longer needed to
treat illness and disease because gene therapy has prevented the illness or disease in the first place. Imagine a world where the effects of weather on crops can be managed by applying a substance to plants already planted,
that will enable the plants to adjust to unexpected weather patterns. Iowans do not have to imagine: [we are doing this at] the Plant Science Center at Iowa State University or the Biomedical Centers at the University of Iowa.
Source: Condition of the State speech to the Legislature
, Jan 9, 2001
Full review of farm policy; more state flexibility.
Vilsack adopted a letter to House Agriculture Committee from 4 Governors:
The National Governors Association supports a comprehensive review of agricultural policy to ensure that farm programs incorporate the most efficient means to promote a healthy and prosperous economy for Americaís farmers and ranchers.
Attached is NGAís statement [in which] we provide our comments to the Draft Farm Bill Concept Paper and the general recommendations of the Governors on the 2002 Farm Bill. They include: We appreciate the opportunity to provide our views, and look forward to working with Congress to develop and implement a farm policy that truly reflects our nationís needs.
Source: National Governor's Association letter to Congress 01-NGA20 on May 25, 2001
- support for farmer assistance programs that provide the maximum amount of flexibility to producers and that include counter-cyclical assistance;
- recommendations to include incentives for working lands conservation and to strengthen statesí role in the delivery of resource conservation dollars;
- simplification of state level program operations of the Food Stamp Program; and
- recommendations to the rural development programs within the farm bill.
State instead of federal rules for animal operations.
Vilsack signed the Midwestern Governors' Conference resolution:
Source: Resolution of Midwestern Governors' Conf. on AFOs 99-MGC3 on Nov 22, 1999
- WHEREAS, Midwestern governors have undertaken successful partnerships with the agricultural community in their respective states to promote sustainable agriculture, address water quality and public health impacts as the result of farming activities, and promote common-sense stewardship of farmland and natural resources; and
- WHEREAS, The members of the Midwestern Governorsí Conference support the guiding principles and goals of the Unified National Strategy for Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) released by USDA and EPA, but are concerned that the Strategy is too prescriptive, permit oriented, and emphasizes process over environmental performance; now, therefore be it
- RESOLVED, That the Midwestern Governorsí Conference supports the implementation of a national AFO strategy which allows states to implement functionally equivalent alternative programs that result in meeting national environmental performance standards, and such alternative state programs should include nutrient management plans, technical and financial assistance, proactive inspections, complaint response and enforcement, and statewide water quality monitoring; and be it further
- RESOLVED, That State programs, including permit, non-permit, and voluntary compliance programs, must be allowed to operate in lieu of the federal Strategy, so long as these alternative State programs include the above elements and meet national environmental performance standards.
Immediate federal assistance for farm crisis.
Vilsack signed the Midwestern Governors' Conference letter:
Dear President Clinton:
On behalf of the farmers and ranchers of the states comprising the Midwestern Governorsí Conference, we ask for your assistance in addressing the current farm crisis. While the majority of the US economy is prospering, the agricultural sector is at a critical stage and needs your immediate attention. Our farmers and ranchers are paying operating expenses that have continued to rise, while they are receiving prices for commodities and livestock that have dropped, in some instances, to 50-year lows. To further compound the problem, drought conditions in some areas and flooding in others have devastated crops.
We are aware that many national farm organizations are putting forth various plans to provide both short-and long-term relief to our nationís agricultural producers. While we believe long-term solutions are essential, the current situation demands a more immediate response.
We, therefore, urge you to act quickly to provide federal financial assistance to farmers and ranchers including dedicated direct aid to those producers impacted by drought or other natural disasters. Immediate direct payments could allow some farmers and ranchers to continue in business this year.
In addition, changes to the current crop insurance program that will increase participation and expand coverage are needed in the short-term. The development of new risk management products is also necessary. Furthermore, export market development and regulatory relief are needed in 1999 to prevent further disruptions in our ability to produce an abundant, wholesome supply of food while competing in a global agricultural economy. Immediate action is needed to make it possible for US farmers and ranchers to compete fairly and to continue to feed people throughout the world.
Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to working with you on these important issues.
Source: Letter from Midwestern Governors' Conf. to Pres. Clinton 99-MGC5 on Sep 14, 1999
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