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Agriculture is America. There is no other industry in the United States vital to nearly every facet of human life, from the food we eat to the jobs we hold and the energy we’ll create for the future. As the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack put it, agriculture is “ about saving lives, creating jobs, improving incomes, feeding hungry people, making a nation secure, making the world a better place, preserving the planet and preserving a value system.” In short, the agriculture industry—sustained in large part by the American land-grant university system through Colleges of Agriculture, Agricultural Experiment Stations and Cooperative Extension—is integral to jobs, national security and health.

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