Thursday, January 15, 2009
I think I'm pleased with Tom Vilsack, former Iowa Governor and soon-to-be agriculture secretary, but I'm not completely sure. In his confirmation hearing he promised to carry out provisions of the 2008 farm bill, which includes billions of subsidies for some farmers, expressed his intentions to modernize food safety, promote nutrition, work towards more sustainable food production and look for alternative incomes for farmers in areas like wind power and organic farming. All while aggressively pursuing new fuel sources to produce ethanol, which is nice to hear considering concerns that his roots in the corn belt. What do you all think?