DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency plan to tour two Iowa farms and a biodiesel plant to discuss with farmers joint conservation and land restoration initiatives.

Vilsack and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson are scheduled to visit farms near Pleasantville and Prairie City and a biodiesel plant near Newton Tuesday.

Vilsack says the agencies work closely together on conservation and land restoration efforts and the visit Tuesday will allow farmers to meet with him and Jackson together for the first time.

He says it's important for farmers to hear firsthand from Jackson about what the EPA is doing and to dispel mischaracterizations about some EPA programs. He says it's also an opportunity for Jackson to hear firsthand about challenges farmers are facing.

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