Preview your way forward for biological and committing to enhance the importance and importance of biological Agriculture at the United States Department of Agriculture, Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off the annual meeting of members of the Biological To exchange Association Wednesday.
Speaking live during the virtual meeting in front of more than 250 members of the Trade association, Vilsack presented a forward-looking program for biological sector.
Speaking positively to the majority of Biological To exchange Associationpriorities of the Biden administration, Vilsack pledged to “build a solid foundation of trust” between the USDA and the nation biological farmers and stakeholders.
“I understand and appreciate that we have work to do to restore trust between the Ministry and the [organic] industry. And I am committed to it. And those who work at USDA are committed to it, ”Vilsack said.
Other actions announced by Vilsack include restoring USDA position Biological Political advisor; increasing the funds available through the USDA by “tens of millions of dollars” Biological Certification cost-sharing program to help farmers biological; and Bget angry biological application and ‘expanding the number and diversity of those who will be involved in inspections and certifications.
It also plans to expand the supply of USDA’s emergency feeding programs to “small and medium-sized distribution systems” and give “socially disadvantaged producers” access to more dollars. federal procurement; and prioritize climate-smart agriculture and regenerative practices.
“We are working hard to protect the [organic] brand and expand a number of issues and opportunities for the biological industry… all designed to send a strong message of the importance and importance that I personally and the department places on this industry, ”said Vilsack.
“We recognize its importance, we recognize the value-added opportunities it presents, and we believe it is an important part – a very important part of the industry that will help us make much better, climate-friendly agriculture. “