Tom Vilsack speaks at a campaign event for Joe Biden in Creston, Iowa. Photo Credit: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association
Iowa Soybean Association Supports Vilsack Selection as U.S. Ag Secretary
December 10, 2020
Statement on behalf of Iowa Soybean Association President Jeff Jorgenson of Sidney, Iowa
“President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of Tom Vilsack as U.S. agriculture secretary would bring an experienced and proven voice for America’s farmers to the administration’s inner-circle.
The former Iowa governor’s return to the post is a manifestation of the trust and friendship that exists between the Bidens and Vilsacks. They are good friends, with the Mt. Pleasant native having served as a campaign advisor for the former vice president.
More importantly, Mr. Vilsack is uniquely suited for the position. Given a combined 16 years serving as the nation’s ag CEO and Iowa governor, he will hit the ground running on a host of issues important to soybean farmers. He has a deep understanding of issues impacting agricultural families and the nation’s food supply – from trade and biofuels to infrastructure, soil health and water quality.
He was a steady and reasoned voice for agricultural interests during his previous service. Mr. Vilsack clearly understands the issues facing modern agriculture and will be a tireless advocate for the needs of U.S. soybean farmers.
We also thank current ag secretary Sonny Perdue for his unwavering commitment to serving U.S. agriculture. He is a dedicated ambassador for farmers and an enthusiastic spokesperson for issues and policy centric to food, fiber and fuel production.”
The Iowa Soybean Association (www.iasoybeans.com) is “Driven To Deliver” increased soybean demand through market development and new uses, farmer-focused research and results, timely information and know-how and policy initiatives enabling farmers and the industry to flourish. Founded in 1964 by farmers to serve farmers, ISA is governed by a board of 22 farmers to advocate on behalf of the state’s 40,000 soybean producers, including more than 12,000 ISA farmer members and industry stakeholders.