Today on AgriTalk, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed several recent items of interest to U.S. farmers and rural America. To see what he had to say, check out the following items:

  • Vilsack Responds to 4-H/ HSUS Controversy: Following a flap over National 4-H allowing the Humane Society of the United States a spot to present at this year’s National 4-H Conference, Secretary Vilsack said that his office did not provide sufficient oversight of 4-H in its decision.  USDA is reviewing this past decision and he said there will be a tighter review of all materials and speakers at future National 4-H Conferences.  
  • Vilsack Responds to Kerry/ Lieberman Climate Bill: Vilsack discusses the “Kerry/Lieberman” climate bill, citing it as a good start, but that language needs to be strengthened when it comes to agricultural offsets and commitment to biofuels.
  • Vilsack Says Crop Insurers Making Too Much Profit: He cites that profits for insurers providing crop insurance are too high. USDA is proposing a flat fee of $1,000 per policy sold with no reductions in coverage or increases in cost for farmers.
  • Vilsack on Priorities for 2012 Farm Bill: Vilsack outlines that changes that he intends to seek in the 2012 Farm Bill.
  • Vilsack Responds to Criticism of 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food': He responds to criticism from Senators Chambliss, Roberts and McCain of the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” campaign.