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The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and GSEI partnered to help strengthen rural America. The collaboration worked towards building greater economic opportunity and security for those who live in rural communities and involved the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative to advance rural entrepreneurship.

“It’s often said that farmers are this country’s original entrepreneurs,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “Our partnership with Georgetown is dedicated to giving them and other leaders in rural communities nationwide both a forum and the practical means to brainstorm, strategize and bring their inspirations to fruition and, ultimately, strengthen their communities.”

GSEI, the Entrepreneurship Initiative, and AFBF kicked off the collaboration at the AFBF 2014 annual convention in San Antonio with remarks by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and AFBF President Bob Stallman. Vilsack credited the effort as a private, collaborative way to help spur entrepreneurial spirit that will lead to small business creation in rural America.