Groups Respond to USDA Plan for Transforming Food System

American Farmland Trust responded positively to USDA’s plan for transforming the U.S. food system. “American Farmland Trust has been a strong advocate for increased business technical assistance to farm and food businesses and organized an effort last year with the Agricultural Viability Alliance to encourage USDA to do more in this space,” says AFT President and CEO John Piotti. “We are pleased that USDA heeded the call from 50 members of Congress and over 110 organizations asking for this kind of assistance.” National Farmers Union President Rob Larew was in attendance when Ag Secretary Vilsack announced the plan, and Larew says it’s a great step towards a more secure food supply chain and a fair agricultural economy. “Today’s announcement about how the USDA will work to transform the food system is a great step towards those ends,” Larew says. “NFU will work together with USDA to help move this transformative process ahead.”

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