January 23, 2020

CFR Interview: A Conversation with Tom Vilsack

From the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), April 9 – “Secretary Vilsack discusses the implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill), food security, and immigration reform, as part of CFR’s Renewing America series.

“The Renewing America series examines how policies at home directly influence the economic and military strength of the United States and its ability to act in the world.”

Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Roger C. Altman, Founder and Chairman, Evercore Partners, Inc.


Bloomberg Video: Why the World Is Looking for U.S. Crops

From Bloomberg News, April 9–- Bloomberg’s Alan Bjerga reports on commodity prices and the California drought’s impact on food prices. He speaks with Mark Crumpton on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Bottom Line.'”

See also, “Withered California Fruit Seen Raising Food Costs.”


GMO Labeling; Ag Economy; Rural America; EPA; CFTC; and, FDA

GMO Labeling Bill Introduced in Congress

Reuters writer Carey Gillam reported yesterday that, “A Republican congressman from Kansas introduced legislation on Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.

“The bill, dubbed the ‘Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,’ was drafted by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo and is aimed at overriding bills in about two dozen states that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled as such.

“The bill specifically prohibits any mandatory labeling of foods developed using bioengineering.”