After it was announced today that Tom Vilsack has agreed to serve a second term as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture he addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting. He started out talking about the challenges in rural America and “urged farmers and producers take advantage of innovation, job creation partnerships and to share their story of a modern, innovative, inspiring rural America to new audiences.”
“Rural America is leading innovation in this country today,” said Vilsack. “Rural areas can benefit tremendously through the bioeconomy, whether producing cutting-edge new products or advanced biofuels from crops and plant products. We are learning more about what can be made from wood and forest products. We are discovering groundbreaking medical benefits associated with many homegrown products – and much more.”
Sec. Vilsack highlighted accomplishments at USDA during his first term and called on Congress to pass a five year farm bill now.
You can listen to or download Sec. Vilsack’s speech here: Sec. Vilsack Speech
Post Update: After the closing general session of the convention Sec. Vilsack held a press conference.
You can listen to or download Sec. Vilsack’s press conference here: Sec. Vilsack Press Conference