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Economy will improve, but recovery would come quicker if Congress got in the game, Obama says

PEOSTA, Iowa -President Barack Obama said the country is going to come back from recession stronger than before driven by people living in the rural communities he visited during his three-day bus tour of the Midwest.

Economy will improve, but recovery would come quicker if Congress got in the game, Obama says
Audience members listen to President Barack Obama's closing remarks at the White Rural Economic Forum at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta.

PEOSTA, Iowa -President Barack Obama said the country is going to come back from recession stronger than before driven by people living in the rural communities he visited during his three-day bus tour of the Midwest.

"It's going to begin in the classrooms of community colleges like this one, and it's going to start on the ranchlands and farms of the Midwest, in the workshops of basement inventors, in the storefronts of small business owners," said Obama in opening remarks at last week's White House Rural Economic Forum at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta. "And that's why I'm here today."

Obama acknowledged that times are tough.

Obama said the country will get through the challenge. He wants to leave no stone unturned when it comes to strengthening the economy.

Obama said he wants to pass trade deals that will level the playing field for American companies.

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"No folks benefit more than rural Americans when it comes to our trade," Obama said. "That's the reason that our agricultural sector is doing incredibly well."

It will also benefit manufacturing.

In closing the economic forum, Obama said it's always a mistake to bet against the American worker, farmer and small business owner.

He mentioned Jan Heister of Peosta, who started a small tooling and manufacturing company 20 years ago. She had nine employees and a small plant, but with the help of a SBA loan she now has a staff of more than 140 in a 160,000-square foot factory.

Kenneth Hach's family got involved in windpower in 1977, and his company, Anemometry Specialists of Alta, has figured out a new technology to locate where wind farms should be sited. Mike Sexton's ManureWorks, "is helping farms manage manure in creative ways."

Obama highlighted state and national FFA officers.

"When you hear the enthusiasm and energy that these young people display, and if they can just get a little bit of a break when it comes to getting started, they're ready to take American agriculture to the next level -it gives you confidence and hope," Obama said.

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