U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to Keynote Bradley Symposium

October 25, 2011

Peoria, IL (October 25, 2011) Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, will discuss the new 6-year federal farm bill during a keynote address at a national public policy symposium at Bradley University on November 3.
“The Future of Midwest Agriculture and Environmental Sustainability” is the title of the symposium that will be held in the Peplow Pavilion in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center from 8 to Noon. Admission is $25. Register online at www.bradley.edu/continue or by calling 309.677.2820.
Secretary Vilsack’s presentation will begin at 8:30. Other Symposium topics include the economic impact of agriculture on the Midwest; food security for a growing global population; the future of Midwest energy crops; conservation and land use programs; agricultural runoff and cultivating clean water; and environmental sustainability.
State senators David Koehler and Darin LaHood will speak during the program along with Marc Miller of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Colleen Callahan, Illinois Director of USDA Rural Development, Mike Baroni, Vice President of Economic Policy for ADM, and a number of others.  In addition, Bradley students will present research projects as part of the event.

Vilsack was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 30th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and sworn into office on January 21, 2009. As Secretary of Agriculture, he is working to strengthen the American agricultural economy, revitalize rural communities, protect and conserve our natural resources, and provide a safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply for the American people.
The symposium is endowed by The Dirksen Congressional Center in partnership with the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley.
Bradley is a private, independent university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 6,000 students the choice of more than 100 academic programs. Bradley links academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development with an entrepreneurial spirit for a world-class education. Our size provides students extensive resources not available at most private colleges and the personal attention not commonly found at large universities.