January 24, 2020

Sec. Vilsack; Budget Issues; Ag Economy; and Crop Insurance

Sec. Vilsack

Erika Lovley reported yesterday at that, “Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is urging farmers long dependent on government subsidies to modernize, diversify and reposition themselves to latch onto a new kind of income: alternative fuels.

“But the American Farm Bureau Federation and other large farm groups are worried the new secretary is foreshadowing a change in the way Congress might see the farm business. And it has lobbyists talking about whether farmers will be forced to use nonfarming methods if direct payments are reduced.”