Sunbelt Agriculture's Challenges Must Be Understood

In response to President-elect Obama's nomination of Iowa governor Tom Vilsack as next Secretary of Agriculture, the NCC said US cotton leaders are awaiting the nomination of individuals to serve in key positions at USDA and other agencies who are familiar with Sunbelt agriculture and who understand the challenges of diverse crop production on commercially viable farms capable of competing in domestic and international markets.

December 17, 2008
Contact: Marjory Walker or T. Cotton Nelson
(901) 274-9030

Although the cotton industry has not had an occasion to work with Governor Vilsack like our colleagues in the livestock, grain and oilseed industries, we are confident President-elect Obama has nominated a highly qualified individual to serve in this important position and to promote U.S. agriculture.

Cotton industry leaders across the country are anxiously awaiting the nomination of individuals to serve in key positions at USDA and other agencies who are familiar with Sunbelt agriculture and who understand the challenges of diverse crop production on commercially viable farms capable of competing in domestic and international markets.