Vilsack asks pointed questions in face of farm decline
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack challenged attendees of this morning’s USDA Ag Outlook Forum to consider the consequences of fewer U.S. farms.
“Ask yourself whether you’re okay with losing a half million farms in a lifetime. Ask yourself if you’re okay with America losing 165 million acres of land that was in farming that’s no longer in farming. Ask yourself if it’s okay for us to just simply focus on the top seven or ten percent.”
He says America’s farmers and ranchers need to know they are valued.
“Not just for what they do, but for who they are. If we ask ourselves (these questions) I think we will begin to aim higher. We’ll begin to figure out how government, through a farm bill, through a budget, through the Commodity Credit Corporation, through the (Inflation Reduction Act), through all of the tools, can keep every farmer in mind.”
Vilsack says he’s committed to that.
“I hope you are too.”
USDA’s Ag Outlook Forum goes through tomorrow in Arlington, Virginia.
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Author: Mark Dorenkamp