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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Midwest is rebounding in manufacturing.

The former Iowa governor visited one of the growing companies Friday. Vilsack took a tour of Kemin Industries in Des Moines along with Iowa FFA students.

The facility is working to add six new manufacturing facilities and 100 new jobs.

Vilsack says facilities like Kemin also reduce our dependence on foreign oil and that’s one of the president’s main goals.

“Today in companies like Kemin across the nation there is a new emerging bio based economy where we are figuring out how to use plant material, crop residue and live stock waste to virtually create energy and fuel sources but also chemicals, plastics, fibers and fabrics,” says Vilsack.

Vilsack also says the Midwest economy is strong because farm income and commodity prices are strong and will remain that way the rest of the year.