Texas Farm Bureau statement on Vilsack confirmation
The following statement may be attributed to Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening on Tom Vilsack’s confirmation today by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
“Texas Farm Bureau congratulates Tom Vilsack on his confirmation as the 32nd U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. During his eight years as secretary in the Obama administration, Vilsack worked with our country’s farmers and ranchers to advance policies important and beneficial to agriculture. We stand ready to work with Secretary Vilsack again on critical issues, such as the farm bill, rural connectivity, supply chain, regulatory reform, coronavirus relief and more. Texas Farm Bureau will work to ensure any climate policies enacted by the administration are market-based, voluntary and respectful of farmers and ranchers.
“Secretary Vilsack will be presented with policy opportunities in the next four years to improve the lives of farmers, ranchers and rural Americans. Texas farmers and ranchers, along with those across the country, have faced unprecedented challenges that require strong leadership in Washington, D.C. Texas Farm Bureau will work with Secretary Vilsack to ensure commonsense policies are enacted to tackle these challenges. Our organization is committed to making sure agriculture is represented at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the administration to prevent policies that negatively impact farmers, ranchers and rural businesses.
“We look forward to building on agriculture’s relationship with Secretary Vilsack and with the agency’s many other leaders and staff in Washington, D.C.”