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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 27, 1994


President Clinton today announced that he will lead a first-ever National Rural Conference on the future of America's rural communities Thursday, December 1, 1994 in Iowa. The conference will bring together Administration officials, Members of Congress and those living and working in rural America for a discussion on farm policy and the challenges facing rural America.

"Rural America, which makes up a quarter of our population, is vital to the overall development of our nation's economy and future. This administration is committed to working closely with rural communities in tackling the important issues of jobs, trade and the preservation of the family farm as our nation enters the next century," the President said.

The conference will be moderated by the President and will link communities from North Carolina, Illinois, Iowa and California via satellite, allowing for an exchange of ideas over the information super highway. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and officials from throughout the Administration and Congress will join the President to discuss a wide range of issues, including job creation, business development, education, infrastructure, agriculture, health care and the environment.

The President looks forward to the conference and to working with those who worked hard to bring it about, including Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Representative Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA).