Friday, February 25, 2011

Thursday, Feb. 24 USDA Ag Forum

 We started the day off with a wonderful opportunity to participate in the USDA Ag Outlook Forum.  Featured speakers included Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Ag Committee; Secretary of Ag Tom Vilsack and last but not least former President Bill Clinton.

It was refreshing to hear Secretary Vilsack proclaim that the "safest bet in America is our farmers".  Secretary Vilsack's passion for agriculture was very evident. 

Former President Clinton focused on his Global Climate Change Initiative and our need to educate the rest of the world on how to feed themselves.

We would love to send  former President Clinton some Beef Bucks!

Next we headed to the National Association of Counties beautiful headquarters where they shared with us how they assist counties with a myriad of issues and needs.

We ended the day with a spirited conversation with the Environmental Working Group, the group that among other things, posts farm subsidies online.
Sarah Jorgensen, Todd Mortenson and Noelle Harding

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

Former President Bill Clinton addressing the Ag Outlook audience
Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Ag Secretary  and
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack
  
USDA Ag Outlook Forum

Leadership training at Nat'l Assoc. of Counties