Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Governor’s Weekly Message – Federal Agriculture Secretary Pledges Support to Delaware Farmers




DOVER –  In his weekly message, Governor Markell focuses on Delaware’s largest industry: agriculture.   Delaware has 2,480 farms that cover more than 40% of Delaware, over 490,000 acres.  Agriculture drives about $8 billion dollar of economic impact each year for Delaware.
The Governor had the chance to join US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who was in Delaware to address the Annual Agricultural Industry Dinner.  Secretary Vilsack shared his support for our critical agricultural industry and explained  President Obama’s  efforts in Washington to keep the national economy moving.
“We talked about the Delaware values of hard work, cooperation, diligence and focus that are part of everything we do,” said Governor Markell.  “ It was inspiring to hear how much the Secretary knew about our state’s great farmers, how important he considered our role in the nation’s food supply and how he shared our optimism for the growing role our farms and farmers would play in exporting Delaware agriculture abroad.”
“You always hope people leave our great state with a positive impression.  In this case, that hope was rewarded. When asked what he took away from his time here, the Secretary said he was moved by so many of the great people he met,” said the Governor.  “ To me, it sounded like he was pledging to try and bring to Washington the kind of work we get to do each day here in Delaware, where – whether it’s in farms or finance, Selbyville or Smyrna – we keep working together to keep Delaware, moving forward.”
About the Governor’s Weekly Message:
At noon every Friday, the Governor’s office releases a new Weekly Message in video, audio, and transcript form.  The message is available on: