Vilsack Led US Delegation to G7 Meeting


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack led a U.S. delegation to the G7 agricultural ministers meeting this weekend in Japan. While just Canada and Japan, along with the United States, are the only countries attending the meeting included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Vilsack says those countries may have bilateral talks regarding the trade deal…

“There will be opportunity for bi-lateral conversations with ministers where issues involving TPP may arise.  I want to reassure my colleagues that I’m confident, that at the end of the day, congress will see the wisdom of expanding exports, increasing income for American producers and workers, and helping to balance the Chinese influence in Asia.”

Japan and Canada are facing the same issue the U.S. faces, according to Vilsack, that of convincing lawmakers to approve the deal.

Separately, the G7 nation’s agriculture leaders will discuss a variety of topics, according to Vilsack….

“Our Smart Agricultural Alliance and our focus on trying to make sure that we are adjusting and mitigating to a changing climate, opportunities for us to have better collaboration on open data, sharing of information so that we can accelerate innovation, continuing to focus on food loss and waste, a chance to visit with my colleagues on anti-microbial resistant issue, assure my colleagues that we’re approaching this with a one-health, comprehensive animal and health issues being looked at.  And finally, a chance to talk about strategies to revitalize rural economies in our countries, to encourage new opportunities for women, and new and beginning farmers.”

The G7 group consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The United Kingdom and the United States.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.