With a new administration always comes the efforts to change the American image on the world stage. The last administration had a definitive “America First” tone, and that tended to isolate us in the global marketplace. While we aren’t here to debate trade and foreign policy, we are here to discuss the G20 Ag Ministers meetings being held in Florence, Italy. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack attended the meetings and talks about his mission and experiences there.
Ag Secretary Vilsack says it was important for him to attend these meetings in Italy. Most importantly to maintain America’s standing in the global ag markets.
Vilsack says that by working together with other countries, rather than isolating ourselves, we can accomplish shared goals and overcome shared challenges.
The climate has been a hot topic for years in the global marketplace, especially as it pertains to agriculture. Vilsack says it is vital to show other countries the valuable part biofuels can play right now in the fight against pollution and as a sustainable fuel source.
Vilsack says that this trip is just as important for the American farmer, as he looks to help establish an international coalition to take advantage of the volatile marketplace.