7 Most Compelling People In U.S. Agriculture

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Tom Vilsack, USDA

Tom Vilsack, USDAThe U.S. agriculture industry has been booming under Vilsack’s term as leader of the USDA. Since becoming Secretary of Agriculture in early 2009, Vilsack has worked to help support economic recovery by focusing on agricultural infrastructure and renewable energy sources for farms. He’s also been instrumental in helping to draft a Farm Bill this year that gives farmers tools to reduce risk, increase trade opportunities, protect the environment and grow yields for both food and bio-products. “We need to maintain a strong safety net, we need to support sustainable productivity, and we need to promote vibrant markets,” said Vilsack at the 2012 Commodity Classic. “We need to have a conversation about the Farm Bill and pass it, and pass it now.”

Hopkins is Senior Online Editor for the CropLife Media Group at Meister Media Worldwide.

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