The following statement may be attributed to Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill:
“This year has underscored how essential agriculture is to our daily lives, providing the food, fuel and fiber we all depend on. Agriculture also serves as the engine that drives Iowa’s economy. That’s why it is so important to have a Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that understands the industry and the struggles family farmers face. This year, in particular, has been especially challenging for Iowa farmers who faced a drought, derecho, and depressed markets. Iowan Tom Vilsack has remained engaged in U.S. agriculture and has a deep understanding of the current issues. We are very pleased he has been chosen to once again lead the USDA. We look forward to working with Mr. Vilsack, as we did for eight years during the Obama Administration, to help find solutions to the many challenges facing our nation's farmers, and we stand ready to assist him in any way possible."