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Ag Secretary Prioritizes Expanding Exports

Vilsack also seeks to expand COVID-19 pandemic support for rural America

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The USDA seeks to expand coronavirus pandemic support for rural America, and will prioritize expanding U.S. export markets beyond top customer China, newly confirmed Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Thursday.

Reuters reports that continuing coronavirus relief, growing U.S. trade opportunities and fighting climate change were among the agencies top priorities, Vilsack said during a conference call with media.

Vilsack emphasized the need to expand overseas markets for U.S. goods beyond top customer China following a bruising two-year trade war that pummeled farm product markets and pressured the U.S. farm economy.

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