NCGA PLEASED SEC. VILSACK WILL REMAIN HEAD OF USDA FOR SECOND TERM

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(Posted Tue. Jan 15th, 2013)

Jan. 15: Late Monday, Tom Vilsack announced he had accepted President Obama’s offer to remain Secretary of Agriculture for a second term. The National Corn Growers Association, which has had a strong working relationship with the Secretary and his staff, is pleased to hear he will remain the head of USDA.

“I would first like to congratulate Secretary Vilsack on a successful first four years in his position,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said. “He has been a steadfast advocate for American agriculture who has looked for positive solutions during difficult times, such as last year’s historic drought. We thank the secretary for his continued efforts to pass a new farm bill and to improve the lives of those living in rural America.”

Over the past four years, NCGA has worked closely with Secretary Vilsack on issues important to our growers including global trade, conservation and renewable energy. NCGA, as part of Commodity Classic, has also had the opportunity to welcome the secretary as a keynote speaker for the past three conventions.

“President Obama and I share a deep appreciation for rural America and its unlimited potential in the years ahead to feed a growing world population, revolutionize America’s energy, further protect our natural resources and create more jobs here at home,” Secretary Vilsack said in his statement. “We will continue to urge Congress to pass a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill that will help us continue USDA’s wide range of efforts to support this work. As we look ahead to a promising future in our small towns and rural communities, I am pleased to continue working alongside President Obama to grow more opportunity in rural America.”