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Clinton Speaks in Geneva

Under a sunny Geneva sky, more than 200 local farmers, residents and HWS students, faculty and staff gathered outside of the Nicholson family-owned Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva to hear New York State Senator and recent presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speak. The crowd roared with applause as Clinton approached the podium, holding signs that read “Thank You Hillary!” and “Support Local Farmers!” Supporting local agriculture is exactly what Clinton is doing. “I’ve worked with the Nicholson’s and others in agriculture for the entire time I’ve been in the Senate, working to help spread the word about the importance of agriculture in New York, particularly the quality of the wonderful products that we have.” “Twenty-three counties [in New York] suffered damage after that freak hailstorm a few weeks ago,” Clinton said. “Now we’re going to have to work hard to help our farmers recover.” “I carry a message from Governor Paterson, Senator Schumer, Congressman Arcuri and all of the members of Congress that we’re going to do anything and everything we can to bring you relief,” explained Clinton. “We are working right now, pushing the administration to declare these counties disaster areas so that we can begin the process of trying to help you with the losses that you have suffered.” Clinton mentioned her efforts to enact the new Farm Bill, advance disaster payments for recently affected farmers and the enforcement of country of origin labeling: all in an effort to support local farms and farm workers. After her speech, Senator Clinton spoke to Hobart and William Smith staff about another topic critical to the country’s future: the role of college students in advancing the nation. “All of these elections are more about you [young people] than they are about me…” Clinton said. “They’re about the future and by definition they’re about what kinds of jobs are going to be available to you, what kind of health care system will be there for you, whether the world will be more or less secure. I mean every question that I talked about during my presidential campaign and that I talk about as a senator is about the future, and it’s about the young people of America.” Looking ahead to this November, Clinton said, “I want to see as many people be involved in this election as possible.”