The Illinois Farm Bureau has released a statement on the nomination of former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary for President-Elect Joe Biden. Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. congratulated Vilsack in their press release.
“Illinois Farm Bureau members recognize the critical role USDA fills to provide a stable domestic food supply through a number of avenues including food banks, school nutrition, beginning farmers, and programs that keep America’s farms profitable during times of crisis. Vilsack, during his first term as Ag secretary, was a big proponent of biofuels and global trade expansion.
Support for biofuels remains a high priority for Illinois farmers as one in every three bushels of Illinois corn produced is converted into ethanol. An experienced nominee like Tom Vilsack has a solid understanding of US agriculture and the broad scope of work necessary to form strong farm and food policy. Vilsack would be stepping in to steer a familiar ship as the agency works to maintain the country’s food security and vital agriculture programs once he is confirmed by the Senate.”
The Illinois Farm Bureau is a national organization of farmers and ranchers that has a total membership of more than 378,237 members. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.