Source: National Farmers Organization

National Farmers Organization members say former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as ag secretary would be positive for America's farmers and ranchers.

"Rural America and its agriculture are significant contributors to the nations economic picture, and we are confident Vilsack's experience provides a solid foundation to help the country move forward on key issues effecting farmers as well as consumers," said National Farmers Ag Policy Analyst Gene Paul.

Organization members are particularly concerned about unimplemented farm subsidies, and the need for bill benefits directed toward producers who provide hands-on labor and management on f arms across the country. Vilsack is known for supporting caps on payments to large farms.

"We are well acquainted with Tom Vilsack and his experience with issues important to those who produce the nation's food and fiber," Paul said. "Our members are optimistic he will represent the interests of family-sized farming operations.

Organization members believe volatile commodity prices, biofuels policy and international trade will be important focal points in the new administration, along with high ag producer input costs.

"We are confident that Mr. Vilsack's experience as former Governor of Iowa-a major farm state-will allow him to hit the ground running in the new administration," Paul said.