Ag Secy Vilsack Talks SOTU, Trade & Climate

Joanna Schroeder

USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack held a press call yesterday to discuss President Obama’s last State of the Union (SOTU) address. Vilsack, who has served in the capacity of Ag Secretary throughout Obama’s Administration, was in attendance during the speech. He said he is very proud to have been part of an administration that has basically taken the country from …

Audio, Climate Change, politics, Trade, USDA

Family Farmers Support Climate Focus in SOTU Address

Joanna Schroeder

Last night marked President Obama’s last State of the Union (SOTU) address, and as expected one area of focus was the fight against climate change. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said after the speech that the administration’s focus on the climate change is an issue that farmers and ranchers across the U.S. have been dealing with for many …

Climate Change, Government, NFU, Trade

Ag Secretary Comments on Climate Accord

Cindy Zimmerman

As the announcement came over the weekend that negotiators from nearly 200 countries had approved a landmark climate accord, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack commented on what the deal means for our nation’s farmers and ranchers. “The historic COP21 deal supports a better-nourished, stable, secure future for the United States and every nation,” Vilsack said in a statement. “The benchmarks outlined …

Climate Change, International, USDA

Corn Growers Talk Sustainability at Climate Change Talks

John Davis

American corn farmers were talking about just how sustainable U.S. agriculture is during the recent COP21 United Nations climate talks in Paris this week. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) says the group shared U.S. corn farmers’ perspectives on a wide array of sustainability and environmental issues. The event, hosted by Field to Market, Business for Social Responsibility and Pepsico, …

Climate Change, Corn, NCGA, Sustainability

USDA: Climate Change to Impede Global Food Security

John Davis

A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says climate change will likely impede progress on global food security. This news release from USDA says the “Climate Change, Global Food Security and the U.S. Food System” report identifies the risks that climate change poses to global food security and the challenges facing farmers and consumers in adapting to changing …

Climate Change, USDA

Globetrotting Ag Secretary

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is continuing his world travels this week in Europe after visiting Cuba, Japan and China in the past few weeks. Vilsack has been in Brussels, Belguim already this week and is heading to Paris now to address international dignitaries and stakeholders on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), climate change, and global food security. While …

Climate Change, USDA

White House Announces Companies’ Climate Pledges

Joanna Schroeder

The White House has announced additional commitments from companies across the U.S. who are joining the American Business Act on Climate Pledge to reduce their environmental footprint and use of natural resources. Eighty-one companies have signed on the dotted lines including many in the agricultural arena including Cargill, Campos Brothers Farms, Coca Cola, General Mills, Hershey’s and more. The companies …

Agribusiness, Climate Change, Environment, Sustainability

IFAMA Hosts Conference- People, Climate, Big Data

Kelly Marshall

 You are invited to join the 25th Annual Internation Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) World Conference in Saint Paul, MN on June 14-17, 2015. Attendees will participate in discussion and presentations focusing on three key areas of concern for the food industry: People, Climate and Big Data.  Keynote speakers include Mary Bohman, USDA Head of Economic Research Service and Michael …

Climate Change, data, Events, IFAMA, People

USDA Presents Climate Change Initiative

Cindy Zimmerman

In a speech Thursday at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack introduced “Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry”, an initiative that will utilize voluntary, incentive-based conservation, forestry, and energy programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration and expand renewable energy production in the agricultural and forestry sectors. “American farmers and ranchers are leaders when it …

Audio, Climate Change, Government, USDA