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Secretary Vilsack to attend FPS on Tuesday

Governor of Iowa Kim Reynolds as well as state directors of agriculture to also be on stage over the noon hour.

Jacqui Fatka, Policy editor

August 29, 2022

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READY FOR THE SHOW: The largest farm show is excited to welcome Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on the opening day of the Farm Progress Show on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 11:30 a.m. in the Wallaces Farmer Hospitality Tent.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will make his first ever visit to the Farm Progress Show on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Vilsack will be on the ADM Stage in the Wallaces Farmer Hospitality Tent at 6th and Central at 11:30 a.m. Vilsack will address farmers and discuss upcoming climate-smart agriculture investments.

Climate investments received a significant boost with the recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act which includes $20 billion for farmers to use for the expansion of oversubscribed conservation programs to fund climate-smart actions farmers take. Vilsack is anticipated to make further announcements and build on previous investments made in the bipartisan infrastructure bill advanced in 2021.

Vilsack, and Iowa native and longest-serving agriculture secretary, will offer opening comments on the Biden administration actions on the climate front as well as visit with This Week in Agribusiness Host Max Armstrong and Farm Progress Policy Editor Jacqui Fatka.

Also on the stage on Tuesday is Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, followed by 10 state agriculture leaders. State ag leaders includes Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward, Illinois Deputy Director of Agriculture Kristi Jones, Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell, Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn, Nebraska Assistant Director of Agriculture Cicely Wardyn, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Hunter Roberts.

Reyolds and Feenstra will also be back on the stage at 2 p.m. on Tuesday for a more in-depth conversation on their actions and priorities for farmers to hear.


About the Author(s)

Jacqui Fatka

Policy editor, Farm Futures

Jacqui Fatka grew up on a diversified livestock and grain farm in southwest Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications, with a minor in agriculture education, in 2003. She’s been writing for agricultural audiences ever since. In college, she interned with Wallaces Farmer and cultivated her love of ag policy during an internship with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, working in Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Capitol Hill press office. In 2003, she started full time for Farm Progress companies’ state and regional publications as the e-content editor, and became Farm Futures’ policy editor in 2004. A few years later, she began covering grain and biofuels markets for the weekly newspaper Feedstuffs. As the current policy editor for Farm Progress, she covers the ongoing developments in ag policy, trade, regulations and court rulings. Fatka also serves as the interim executive secretary-treasurer for the North American Agricultural Journalists. She lives on a small acreage in central Ohio with her husband and three children.

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