USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack will provide a keynote address at the upcoming Commodity Classic Feb. 26-28, 2015, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz.
Vilsack's address will be Friday. His appearance will mark his sixth visit to the Classic, the annual convention and trade show for corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers.
"With so much going on in our nation's capital that impact their lives, the audience will be eager to get [Vilsack's] report on the top issues facing our growers, such as trade and the farm bill," National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling said. "He always provides an experienced, deep-inside-Washington perspective."
"Secretary Vilsack has been a strong voice and advocate for agriculture, and we're looking forward to his joining us once again at Commodity Classic, where he can not only speak to growers but hear from them as he visits our trade show," said American Soybean Association President Wade Cowan.
"We're grateful for his support on the recent farm bill and his leadership on other policy actions that affect our members. Secretary Vilsack understands and appreciates our role in making America great."
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 re-election in 2012. Previously, Vilsack served two terms as governor of Iowa.
For more information, visit the event website at commodityclassic.com.