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Published May 15, 2014, 09:19 AM

Vilsack unlikely for ND event

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has told U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., that he would like to come to North Dakota, but not this year, a spokesman for the senator says.

By: Agweek staff report,

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has told U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., that he would like to come to North Dakota, but not this year, a spokesman for the senator says.

In a May 2 letter, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., invited Vilsack to North Dakota on June 14, ostensibly to visit with farmers and ranchers about farm bill implementation, but also “to Richland County to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established a system of cooperative extension services connected with the land grant universities.”

Heitkamp, a native of Richland County, asked Vilsack about the engagement at a recent breakfast meeting. The secretary said he couldn’t commit to come until 2015, but will do it when “the time is right.”

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