(Back row, left to right) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Ross Racine, Bruce Ward, Everett Max Dobrinski, Rick Huszagh, Crista Carrell, Jacqueline Young, Glen Young, Philip Johnson Haynie, III, Linda Roberson, and Jason Frerichs. (Front row, left to right) Lance Morgan, Mark Timm, Deborah Kane, Eric Benjamin Rund, Ruth Hambleton, Sue Noble, Linda Barnes, and Roland Arriola attended a meeting at the White House, in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2011. President Barack Obama, Secretary Vilsack, and the President's Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes along with rural communities leaders from across the country came together for the White House Rural Champions of Change event whose aim is to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth. Prior to coming here, they were posed with a question about, what should/should not the government be doing to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth. USDA photo by Lance Cheung.
May 7, 2014