U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Canada’s second proposal for changing its tariff rate quotas for U.S. dairy is unacceptable and the Canadians must make key changes for the U.S. to agree to a resolution of the dispute.
Approximately 16,000 visitors wandered past autonomous planters, robotic milkers and other advanced agricultural equipment as they made their way through the heart of the nation’s capitol on Monday and Tuesday.
The secretary of agriculture encouraged young people to give back to their rural communities through government service, pledged to use procurement dollars to support climate-smart food products and expressed support for farmworkers during a virtual meeting with California students.
During a visit with Gov. Gavin Newsom to the site of the massive 2020 August Complex fire, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack promised the federal government would send more resources to California, and other states combatting increased wildfire threats, to prevent catastrophic fires.
Jewel Bronaugh, the first African-American woman nominated to serve as deputy secretary of agriculture, sailed through her confirmation hearing as she pledged to work closely with senators on issues affecting the nation’s producers.
Many different political voices advocated for agriculture at this year's Iowa Land Investment Expo, held in Des Moines on Jan. 26, but it was hard to tell the Democrats from the Republicans on many issues.