- On December 22, 2020
On December 14, ASTA’s President & CEO Andy LaVigne issued the following statement in reaction to Tom Vilsack’s nomination as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
“We are very pleased to hear of President-elect Biden’s intention to nominate Secretary Tom Vilsack to serve as his Secretary of Agriculture. Under President Obama, Secretary Vilsack demonstrated a strong understanding of the important issues impacting the American seed industry and the broader agriculture community.
“Agriculture, and specifically the seed industry, will continue to play a key role in driving innovative solutions to help meet pressing global challenges, from climate change to food security. Success will require strong collaboration throughout the agriculture and food value chain, as well as robust private-public partnerships to further advance agriculture research and promote a continued environment of innovation for the future. We look forward to working with Secretary Vilsack and the Biden Administration moving forward.”