A Familiar Name is Tapped by the Biden Administration to Lead USDA


I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

It presumptive President-Elect Joe Biden appears to have picked a familiar name to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Vilsack held the position under President Obama. He served two terms as Iowa’s Governor as well as eight years as Secretary of Agriculture. Since 2017, he has served as President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. The announcement, expected to be confirmed later this week.

It seems to be a good year for many food products at the grocery stores the latest, canned fruits and vegetables. Farmers and marketers say they expect that trend to continue as winter sets in and COVID-19 cases rise. One canner says it’s preparing for a greater-than-usual spike in sales during the holidays. Supplies of canned fruit became short at times early in the pandemic, but processors and retailers say they have taken steps to avoid that in coming weeks.

More farmers could soon be using drones on their farms. Researchers at the University of Illinois were able to predict soybean maturity date within just two days all by using drone images and artificial intelligence. One student trained computers to detect changes in canopy color of the beans all from drone images collected across five trials, three growing seasons, and two countries.

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