Vilsack lays out priorities for the future


I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s agday minute.

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is back at the helm of USDA and is already laying out plans for the U.S. ag industry. Following his swearing in, Vilsack holding a press conference late last week to discuss the direction of the agency. His top priorities include containing the pandemic and its impact on rural communities. He announced that the deadline to sign up for CFAP payments would be extended, following a review.

The secretary also focusing heavily on climate. Meeting with his climate team on Friday to discuss measures that could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. He’s also planning to discuss a carbon bank and looking at the continued loss of topsoil each year.

“To the extent that USDA can be helpful, to the extent that we can create and support pilot projects, to the extent we can focus on demonstrations and best practices to the point where we could potentially establish something like a carbon bank I think we should absolutely explore it,” he said.

Vilsack also talking trade. Saying that while China may not have hit all of its Phase 1 goals, the country still made very large purchases of U.S. ag commodities.

An Australian sheep named Baarack has finally gotten a much-needed trim.  He was recently found wandering around the Australian bushland. And as you can tell, it had been quite a few years between shearings. He had nearly 80 pounds of wool grown up. Baaarack’s before-and-after photos have gone viral online.

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