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US Ag Secretary visits Robertson, Montgomery counties

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Middle Tennessee on Friday.

Vilsack met with producers to discuss the importance of passing comprehensive food, farm and jobs legislation, as well as talk about revitalizing small rural businesses and communities.

Vilsack was in Cedar Hill Friday morning, then traveled to Clarksville for a noon discussion.

"This is actually a very significant time.  It is a time for a young person to consider an opportunity in agriculture, whether it's a large operation or a small operation," said Vilsack.

Officials say net farm income in Tennessee rose from $447 million in 2010 to nearly $800 million in 2011, while exports grew from $1.3 billion in 2009 to $2.3 billion in 2011.

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