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Trump announces ag advisory group as Kaine, Vilsack head separately to Iowa

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump today announced his agricultural advisory group as Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., the Democratic vice presidential candidate, made plans to travel to Iowa on Wednesday.

Trump’s agricultural advisory group will be headed by Charles Herbster, the Nebraska rancher and businessman who has already been announced as national chairman of the Agricultural and Rural Advisory Committee for the Donald J. Trump Campaign for President, and Sam Clovis, a national chief policy adviser for Trump.

The members of the advisory committee includeHouse Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., but not Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Moran, R-Kan.

The list also includes several governors, state agriculture commissioners and Washington lobbyists who might be considered candidates for political jobs in the Agriculture Department and the White House if Trump were to win. A number of these individuals who have endorsed immigration reform and the TransPacific Trade Partnership agreement — positions that Trump does not share.

“The members of my agricultural advisory committee represent the best that America can offer to help serve agricultural communities,” Trump said in the news release. “Many of these officials have been elected by their communities to solve the issues that impact our rural areas every day.”

Trump is scheduled to receive his first national security briefing at an FBI field office in New York City on Wednesday, Bloomberg reported.

The Clinton campaign said that Kaine will campaign in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday and “discuss Hillary Clinton’s vision for economic fairness and creating an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.”

The Kaine campaign event will be held at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids at 11 a.m.

Vilsack also in Iowa

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilack will also be in Iowa on Wednesday, but on official business, according to a USDA media advisory.

On Wednesday Vilsack will be in Ames to host a roundtable discussion with new and beginning farmers and ranchers at Iowa State University.

On Thursday, Vilsack will deliver keynote remarks to the Iowa LGBT Rural Summit in Des Moines and highlight resources available to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals living in rural communities. The speech will be live streamed at 1:30 pm EDT on the Facebook page of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. (See link below)

Later that day, he will tour the Iowa State Fair and on Friday will visit Iowa City to meet with students at the Carver College of Medicine to discuss child nutrition, rural health, and the importance of providing greater medical treatment resources in rural areas struggling with the opioid addiction epidemic.

–The Hagstrom Report

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