FarmPolicy

February 22, 2020

Vilsack Hearing, and FAPRI Report (Food Prices)

Vilsack Hearing

Andrew Martin reported in today’s New York Times that, “Former Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa said that if he is confirmed as President-elect Barack Obama’s agriculture secretary, he would aggressively pursue new fuel sources to produce ethanol, promote locally grown fruits and vegetables and look for other ways to increase farmers’ incomes, in areas like wind power and organic farming.

“But while Mr. Vilsack acknowledged the current struggles of the corn-based ethanol industry — with Iowa at the center — he stopped short of endorsing new federal initiatives to give it a boost.

“Mr. Vilsack also said any research promoting new types of biofuels needed to benefit more than just the Corn Belt.”

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