NCBA Happy To See The Return Of Vilsack

Tom Vilsack is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to head the USDA. And many in the Ag community are happy to see the return of Vilsack, who spent eight years as Ag Secretary under President Obama. Ethan Lane with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said it’s great to have Vilsack back. “We have a relationship with […]

Newhouse: Despite Challenges, Perdue Did A Good Job As USDA Head

As the Trump Administration prepares to exit Washington D.C., that means Sonny Perdue’s time as the Ag Secretary is coming to a close. Dan Newhouse Chairman of the congressional Western Caucus, said the past four years were challenging for farm country, and he felt Perdue did a good job listening to the concerns of everyday […]

USDA Announces Details of the 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum Program

On Monday, the USDA announced details of the 97th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, which will be held virtually on February 18th & 19th. The 2021 Forum, themed “Building on Innovation: A Pathway to Resilience,” will focus on the central role science and innovation have played in helping agriculture overcome challenges and build resilience during the […]

Rural Group Urges Biden to Pick Well-Qualified, Diverse USDA Leaders

The Rural Coalition is urging President-elect Joe Biden to select highly qualified leaders for USDA politically appointed positions. The group of more than 70 food and farming organizations sent the request to the incoming administration in a recent Letter. It calls on Biden to choose USDA mission and agency leaders who deeply understand how to […]

Harden to Take Vilsack’s Role at USDEC

Krysta Harden will take the role of CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, if current CEO Tom Vilsack is confirmed as the Next Agriculture Secretary. Harden served as Deputy Agriculture Secretary from 2013 to 2016, and is the current chief operating officer at the USDEC. Chair of the organization, Larry Hancock, said, “Vilsack will […]

Vilsack Rumored as Top Choice for Ag Secretary

Politico is reporting that Tom Vilsack may be Joe Biden’s number one choice for Secretary of Agriculture. However, the article also says the final decision isn’t made yet. Vilsack was the Ag secretary for eight years when Barack Obama held the Oval Office and Biden was his vice president. Vilsack is the current CEO of […]

House Ag Chair Nomination Thursday

House lawmakers will nominate the next House Agriculture Committee Chair Thursday. The two candidates being considered are David Scott, a Democrat from Georgia, and Jim Costa, a Democrat from California. Scott is next in line, seniority wise, and endorsed by outgoing chairman Collin Peterson. Peterson, a Democrat from Minnesota, lost his reelection bid. Once the […]

Farmers Bracing for More Scrutiny Under Biden?

Bloomberg says American agriculture is likely bracing for more scrutiny of its practices under a Joe Biden administration. Agriculture would potentially see more regulation of everything from environmental protections to workplace safety, a stark contrast from the anti-regulatory Trump administration. The key question will be how much pressure Ag will face as Democrats are divided […]

Group of Ag Leaders Endorse Biden-Harris

A group of agriculture and farm leaders offered their support for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in an open letter. The leaders said agriculture is threatened by both environmental and economic challenges. The letter states, “America needs strong leaders who will tackle these challenges and shape policies that encourage agriculture to flourish.” The letter adds, “These […]

Farmer Support for Trump Remains Strong

While President Trump trails former Vice President Joe Biden in a majority of election polls, farmer support for Trump remains strong. A recent Pulse Poll from Farm Journal shows 82% of the more than 1,500 farmer respondents say they would vote for President Trump if the election were held today. Meanwhile, 13% say they would […]