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Published March 26, 2013, 12:00 AM

Tom Vilsack


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack speaks at Maine Medical Center, in this March, 14, 2013 file photo taken in Portland, Maine. Vilsack was expected in South Carolina on Tuesday to announce the expansion of the so-called StrikeForce initiative, a program intended to reduce poverty and improve life in rural areas, which already operates in 10 states. The program will now also be available in the Carolinas, the Dakotas, Alabama and Virginia. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
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