The Craig Fahle Show

Where Agribusiness, the Feds, and the Great Lakes Intersect

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Photo courtesy, Maciek/Flickr Creative Commons

The U.S. Department of Agriculture revised its projections upward for agricultural exports in the current fiscal year. The department say exports will reach nearly $150-billion in revenue.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says there’s still more money to be made on agricultural exports. He says the record growth is not just due to rising prices, but also increased volume. That goes for the Great Lakes region as well, says Vilsack.

"The Midwest is the breadbasket, and there are enormous [export] opportunities already taking place," he says.

Vilsack also unveiled a conservation program in recent weeks that would leverage private money to advance conservation programs and clean water start-ups. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program was authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill with more than a billion dollars in funding. The Great Lakes are considered a critical conservation area.

-- Laura Weber-Davis