Last updated on: 8/18/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“There are significant opportunities for rural landowners in a cap and trade program that recognizes the contribution that farms, ranches, and forests can make in addressing climate change. Rural landowners can benefit from incentives in climate and energy legislation that reward production of renewable energy such as wind and bioenergy. A number of renewable energy technologies such as anaerobic digesters, geothermal, and wind power can reduce farmers’ reliance on fossil fuels. In cooperation with the Department of Energy, USDA will contribute to promoting these technologies and our outreach and extension networks will need to help make them available to farmers, ranchers, and land managers.”

“Agriculture Secretary Vilsak Discusses Role of Rural America in Combating Climate Change,” www.usda.gov, July 7, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is a diverse and complex organization with programs that touch the lives of every American, every day. More than 100,000 employees deliver more than $96.5 billion in public services through USDA’s more than 300 programs worldwide, leveraging an extensive network of Federal, State, and local cooperators.

Founded by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862, when more than half of the Nation’s population lived and worked on farms, USDA’s role has evolved with the times. Today, USDA makes positive change in the lives of the American people by working to conserve America’s forests and private working lands; to ensure that America leads the world in sustainable crop production that will provide Americans with access to safe, nutritious and balanced meals; and to revitalize rural communities so that they can succeed in the 21st century economy.”

Email to ProCon.org, USDA Office of Communications, Aug. 17, 2009

Mission:

“We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.”

“Mission Statement,” www.usda.gov (accessed July 7, 2009)

Other:
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