Organizers for the 2013 Commodity Classic announced they would again welcome USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack as a keynote speaker for the fourth year in a row.
More than 6,000 people are expected to attend the annual convention and trade show for corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers, held Feb. 28-March 1 in Kissimmee, Fla.
"Secretary Vilsack has been a steadfast supporter of agriculture, and it is an honor to welcome him once again to Commodity Classic as he begins his second term," National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson said. "Agriculture will be facing many important topics over the next year including a new farm bill, expanded trade and the federal budget. We look forward to hearing the secretary's remarks on these and other issues."
2013 appearance will mark Vilsack's fourth year in a row attending the event
"As we gather in Florida next week to explore ways to optimize farmers' sustainability, profitability and impact in the larger American marketplace, we are excited to hear the secretary's thoughts on how our farmers can better convey our relevancy to their urban and suburban counterparts," said American Soybean Association President Danny Murphy. "Secretary Vilsack has been a wonderful voice for farmers, and we're proud to have him again at this year's Classic."
Secretary Vilsack was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 30th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and took office in January 2009. He was reappointed soon after the President's successful reelection in 2012. Prior to his appointment, Vilsack served two terms as governor of Iowa.
The Commodity Classic is presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers.
The event offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for growers in the areas of production, policy, marketing, management and stewardship. For more information, visit www.commodityclassic.com.
Source: Commodity Classic