Crop Life America: Confirmation of Vilsack Brings Focus on the Farm Economy, Climate and Trade to USDA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Croplife America applauds Tom Vilsack on his confirmation by the U.S. Senate to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a position he previously held under the Obama administration. We look forward to engaging with Secretary Vilsack on tough issues facing agriculture.

“We appreciate that during Secretary Vilsack’s confirmation hearing, he acknowledged the critical challenges facing agriculture, including a still struggling farm economy, climate-related disasters, and a growing list of trade challenges,” said Chris Novak, CLA president and CEO. “As farmers continue to face a growing threat from natural disasters, sustainable farming practices, made possible through the use of tools like pesticides and other crop protection products, are imperative to not only keeping farmers viable, but also helping to mitigate climate change through increased carbon sequestration, decreased fuel use and improved water conservation. Secretary Vilsack understands the everyday challenges farmers are facing and his experience and knowledge of pest management will help farmers sustainably produce more affordable food with fewer resources. We look forward to working with the Secretary as he re-assumes this role.”

Established in 1933, CropLife America ( represents the developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the United States. CropLife America’s member companies produce, sell and distribute virtually all of the necessary and vital crop protection and biotechnology products used by American farmers. CLA can be found on Twitter at @CropLifeAmerica.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.