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Tom Vilsack Meets With State Leaders to Discuss Importance of Local Foods

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack met with state leaders from across the country Saturday about the importance of local foods.

Vilsack, along with Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, was in attendance for the National Governor's Association meeting downtown.

A panel discussion focused on the importance of connecting farmers to buyers. Secretary Vilsack says governors play a big role in that connection.

"Every governor should be thinking about working with their department of education and working with their economic development teams to figure out how you can get your schools and your states to think about what is being grown and raised in that area, how can we help our local producers, and what we can do to help them sell enough quantity and quality to us to be able to feed our children something that is locally and regionally raised," Vilsack said.

Sunday, the Governor's Association is partnering with the Outreach Program to provide more than 50,000 meals to hungry Iowans.