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Vilsack will back farm bill passage at Ames event


AMES, Iowa (AP) -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be in Iowa to speak at the Iowa Farm Bureau's 2013 Economic Summit.



Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, will speak Monday afternoon at the event at Iowa State University in Ames.



Vilsack says in a news release that he will discuss the need for a food, farm and jobs bill.



Vilsack says President Barack Obama's administration has prioritized legislation that promotes rural development, preserves a farm safety net, maintains nutrition programs, honors international trade commitments and advances agricultural research.



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