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Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack
This week's guest on Open Mic is U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. In this interview, Secretary Vilsack discusses the current cyclical swing in farm income and the policy decision Washington must consider to protect the nation's farms and ranches. Vilsack says congressional leaders must consider "need" over budget when considering the next farm bill. While the Trans-Pacific Partnership remains a priority for the Obama administration, Vilsack discusses options to secure congressional support for the deal and defines the ominous challenge of writing regulations to implement the nation's biotech disclosure law.
August 25, 2016
Feature: As a food and agriculture lobbyist with 30 years of experience, Randy Russell has been entrusted with advocating for many causes on Capitol Hill, including the GMO labeling debate. In this video, Randy talks with Agri-Pulse about his time in Washington and how it all started with a desk in the hallway.
August 17, 2016
Feature: Combine time in the White House, the office of the Senate Majority Leader, and almost 30 years at the helm of his own lobbying group, and John Gordley is one of the most experienced ag lobbyists in Washington. In this interview, he talks with Agri-Pulse about his time in Washington and what he likes to do when he isn't on the job.