With Agriculture Secretary-designate Tom Vilsack awaiting confirmation, USDA Chief of Staff Katharine Ferguson spoke on behalf of the Agriculture Department at the Ag Outlook Conference. Ferguson said the Department’s response to COVID-19 tops the agenda. “We cannot get our economy back on track and we cannot build Rural America unless we contain and end the COVID-19 pandemic.” Ferguson promoted local and regional systems to improve access to healthy food. Ferguson also said the Biden administration will support farmers of color and the small-to-mid sized farms by reducing barriers to land, capital and risk management.
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