In an article headlined “Agriculture has slipped from D.C.’s radar screen,” Politico noted that only nine days after the Chrysler ad on the Super Bowl had Americans feeling warm and fuzzy about farming, President Obama “skipped over farmers entirely in his State of the Union address, never mentioning the yearlong farm bill stalemate in Congress nor even including ‘agriculture’ among the thousands of words spoken that night.” Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said, “The president and his people I don’t think even get it.” The office of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack responded: “The president has repeatedly called on Congress to pass the long-term farm bill rural America deserves, and the administration continues to urge action this year.”
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