MRCC Lends Voice at
the White House Job Summit
by Kathy Ozer
|At the forum on jobs and economic growth convened by President Obama on Thursday December 3rd, Rhonda Perry of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center and Ben Burkett, President of the National Family Farm Coalition, were two of 130 guests at the forum.
Rhonda Perry had the opportunity to ask President Obama a question and raise the profile of family farmer and rural issues when she stated, "Around this country, in rural communities, independent family farmers are the biggest bang for our buck in terms of creating jobs, with independent businesses that depend on farmers, from the people we buy our seed from, to the people we use to process our meat, to the transportation system to haul our grain."
"We create many jobs in rural Missouri and rural America, so we want to make sure that's not overlooked. And one of the things that you and the first lady have highlighted is this incredible move that's underfoot in which thousands of farmers are producing food for local markets. So we need to make sure that we have the infrastructure in place, from the meat processing to the transportation and storage, to make that a reality. In the past, we have tended to put significant amounts of money into the hands of corporate agribusiness out here in our rural communities, however they have not proven to be the bang for the buck that independent family farmers have in terms creating just, fair and good paying jobs in our communities. So thank you for the steps you are taking to increase competition and local food."
Published in In Motion Magazine December 9, 2009.
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