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South Georgia farmers hear from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - President Obama's pick for secretary of Agriculture gave one of his first speeches outside of Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

Tom Vilsack spoke at the 26th annual Georgia Farmer's Conference right in Downtown Albany.

The conference is designed to provide farmers with information about USDA Loans, and estate planning for their property.

Vilsack responded to farmers' concerns about losing their farming operations to foreclosure.

He also said he understands his department must do a better job to help minority farmers.

"We appreciate and understand the civil rights struggle about these farmers who've been involved with the USDA, we're going to try to work very hard over the course of the next several months to make some progress on this. I wanted to send the message that we understand, and we know we have to do a better job," Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Farmers also got updates on the farm bill and how it will impact them.

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