Source: USDA and

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack  and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan conducted a briefing on USDA's FY 2012 Budget Proposal Monday.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the proposed FY 2012 budget:

"President Obama and I share a vision for building an economy that works for all Americans; one that makes, creates, innovates and expands the middle class.

"Since coming to office, we have taken important steps to avoid the potential economic collapse, turning around the economy to create private sector jobs each month for the past year. At President Obama's direction, USDA focused on stimulating growth, creating jobs, and setting in place a framework for a robust future for the rural economy: investing in new technologies like broadband, opening new markets for agricultural producers, supporting production of renewable energy and making better use of our natural resources."

Streaming audio of the event can be found at Or listen here.