Hilary Clinton on Wednesday proposed more money for programs that would assist new farmers and also boost access to fresh food as part of a rural agenda as she continues to unfold her Democratic presidential campaign agenda.
According to the Washington Post, the former US Secretary of States was introducing the plan during a daylong tour of Iowa. A copy of the plan, which was made available by the campaign, showed that Clinton promises to improve rural economic investment, increase agricultural production, promote clean energy and increase access to health care and education. Details of how much her proposed plan would cost and how she plans to raise the fund for the program was however, not included in the copy of the program.
“We must do more to ensure the vitality of our rural areas_not only because America’s 46 million rural residents make up nearly 15 percent of our population, but also because rural America provides the foundation for the entire country’s economic success,” the campaign plan revealed.
Agriculture is the mainstay of the state’s economy, with about 26 percent of the people living in the rural areas, according to census data. Under Clinton’s plan for Iowa, money would be made available to help farmers who are starting out and for farmers markets and local foods would be doubled under her plan.
Despite being one of the leading candidates in the forthcoming Democratic primaries coming up this year, Clinton still has a lot of questions begging for answers on a private email account and server as secretary of state. However, the former US First Lady is undeterred in her quest to win the votes of fellow Democrats as she vies for the post of President of the United States in next year’s Presidential election.
In continuation of her campaign, Clinton is expected to attend the Democratic National Committee meeting in Minneapolis before the end of the week.