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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack attended the Farm Progress Show in Illinois this week. The secretary has faced criticism regarding efforts to impose spending limitations for Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds. Secretary Vilsack has used the funds to spend $3.1 billion on 141 climate-smart grants from USDA in the last year. A new GOP House bill aims to restrict this spending only for emergencies.

At the show, Secretary Vilsack spoke about the Biden Administration’s efforts on renewable energy, telling showgoers that the Renewable Fuel Standard program recently got 15 billion gallons under the Biden administration while also making E15 available year-round, the first of any administration to do so. He says the CCC provides the flexibility USDA needs to support such efforts that boost rural economies.

Read more on Vilsack’s comments at the Farm Progress show here.


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