Washington, DC — On Wednesday, October 20, and Thursday, October 21, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Des Moines, Iowa for bilateral meetings with Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Víctor Manuel Villalobos Arámbula and participate in the World Food Prize Laureate Award ceremony in the Des Moines area.

On Wednesday, Secretary Vilsack and Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Villalobos will travel to Ames, Iowa for a tour of Iowa State University’s Seed Science Center and Plant Sciences Institute. Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Villalobos will also engage in bilateral discussions while at the university. That afternoon, the Secretaries will travel to Ankeny, Iowa where they will tour a local farm and participate in a conversation about the challenges farmers have faced during the past year and how farmers can be better supported.

On Thursday, Secretary Vilsack and Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Villalobos will participate in World Food Prize events, in Des Moines, Iowa. The Secretaries will participate in a panel titled North American Government Agricultural Leaders Dialogue moderated by World Food Prize President Barbara Stinson. Later that afternoon, the Secretaries will participate in a panel at the North American Agricultural Advisory Network, where Secretary Vilsack will deliver the closing remarks. That evening, the Secretaries will attend the Laureate Award Ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.

Wednesday, October 20

WHAT: Tour of Iowa State University’s Seed Science Center and Plant Sciences Institute
WHO: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Agriculture and Rural Development Secretary Villalobos
WHEN: Wednesday, October 20, at 10:50AM CT
WHERE: RSVP for Detailed Location, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
RSVP: Credentialed members of the media should rsvp to press@usda.gov

WHAT: Tour of Ankeny, Iowa farm and discussion with farmers
WHO: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Agriculture and Rural Development Secretary Villalobos
WHEN: Wednesday, October 20 at 1:45PM CT
RSVP: Credentialed members of the media should rsvp to press@usda.gov

Thursday, October 21
WHAT: World Food Prize panel, North American Government Agricultural Leaders Dialogue
WHO: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Agriculture and Rural Development Secretary Villalobos
WHEN: Thursday, October 21 at 12:00 PM CT
RSVP: Credentialed members of the media must register in advance at worldfoodprize.org/pressregistration.

WHAT: North American Agricultural Advisory Network Panel
WHO: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Agriculture and Rural Development Secretary Villalobos
WHEN: Thursday, October 21 at 3:35PM CT
RSVP: Credentialed members of the media should rsvp to press@usda.gov

WHAT: World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony
WHO: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Villalobos
WHEN: Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 PM CT
RSVP: Credentialed members of the media must register in advance at worldfoodprize.org/pressregistration.

More information on media registration for World Food Prize events can be found here.