Oklahoma’s agriculture expert in Congress, Rep. Frank Lucas, praised President-elect Barack Obama’s choice of former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to head the USDA. Lucas, who will be the top Republican on the House Agriculture Committee next year, said today:
“Governor Vilsack is a fine choice for Secretary of Agriculture.
“Hailing from one of the largest agriculture producing states in the nation, he understands the challenges facing American farmers and ranchers and has been a strong voice for conservation. I look forward to working with him in the future both as the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee and to ensure that he gives consideration to the needs of wheat and cotton farmers, as well as farmers and ranchers in his home state of Iowa.
“I hope that Mr. Vilsack focuses on ensuring the 2008 farm bill is promptly and properly implemented, with no cuts to the production agriculture programs established in the bill.
“American farmers and ranchers are facing a tough road ahead due to the recent economic woes. We must continue to work with American farmers and ranchers to keep our food prices affordable and our food stocks safe.”