(Posted Wed. Jul 17th, 2013)
July 17: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson today presented NCGA’s President’s Award to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The President’s Award is given annually at NCGA’s Corn Congress meeting in Washington to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn growers and agriculture.
“Secretary Vilsack is a perfect recipient for the NCGA President’s Award,” Johnson said. “He has been a steadfast supporter and advocate for American agriculture and I am proud to call him a friend of corn. During his tenure we have seen him work tirelessly to promote agricultural exports, create a more vibrant rural economy and strengthen the role of farmers.”
Vilsack currently serves as the nation’s 30th Secretary of Agriculture. As leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he is working hard to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and secure a stronger future for the American middle class.
“We appreciate the Secretary spotlighting why those who work in agriculture are important to Americans,” Johnson said. “But we also want to thank the Secretary for challenging us to tell our own story and let our voices be heard. Our organization has been privileged to work closely with the Secretary and his staff and we look forward to continuing that relationship.”