In this photo taken Oct. 31, 2011, central Illinois farmer Dale Hadden climbs onto a combine on the family farm near Jacksonville, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be in Tennessee on Friday.
According to a news release from his office, Vilsack is scheduled to meet 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 will be in Cedar Hill Friday morning, then travel to Clarksville for a noon discussion.
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.