The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, was the speaker today at a National Press Club luncheon. Vilsack addressed how the combined efforts of American farmers, scientists, and policy-makers are vital to face the demanding challenges of food security in the growing global population, reducing the effects of climate change and meeting rising energy demands.
Recently named the chairman of the White House Rural Council, the secretary will help direct the council to coordinate federal efforts to provide support to rural American communities. Vilsack explained in a United Press International online article, "rural America makes significant contributions to the security, prosperity and economic strength of our country." A stronger America and new methods has the potential for global agriculture benefits.
Secretary Vilsack will attend the G-20 Summit of Agricultural Ministers, the first meeting of the ministers, in Paris later this month.
This week the House is expected to take up the Agriculture Appropriations bill for FY2012.