Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood were in West Salem, Wis. Thursday to promote administration programs and policies as they affect agriculture and to listen to local input. The Rural Tour community forum was another in a series of similar events.
Before the public forum, organic dairy farmers held a rally. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited the Save the Organic Family Dairy Farm Rally where he assured producers that USDA is taking several steps to respond and react to the concerns they've expressed. Vilsack promised changes in who is in charge of the ag department's organic milk program.
According to Cornucopia Institute Co-Founder and Senior Farm Policy Analyst Mark Kastel, organic dairies are in crisis and, as a result, many family farmers are facing tough choices. Kastel blames some 20 CAFOS that produce about 40% of the organic milk in America.