Vilsack Defends Ethanol at Dairy Expo -

Article by Cindy Zimmerman - Oct. 4, 2012

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack held a town hall meeting at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin this week and took questions from the audience, one of which concerned ethanol and the impact it has had on livestock producers.

The questioner, who was from California, said ethanol was “not a very popular word” with dairy farmers in her state. “Where I come from ethanol is not a four letter word,” Vilsack responded, noting that ethanol has not only helped increase profitability and production for farmers but also helped the economy, national security, and the environment. “Those are the benefits – jobs, higher incomes, lower gas costs, environmental benefits and reduction of our reliance on foreign oil,” said Vilsack.


Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack pictured below with FFA members at the Green Plains and BioProcess Algae Phase II Unveiling, April 2011.  

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