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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack will join the Mexican Agriculture Secretary in Iowa

Charlie Neibergall
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tours the Gordon Wassenaar farm in Prairie City in 2011.

This week, U.S. Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack will travel back to his home state to welcome Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development.

On Wednesday, the two officials will tour Iowa State University Seed Science Center and Plant Sciences Institute followed by speaking with Ankeny farmers about the challenges they faced over the past year and what support they need in the future.

The second half of the visit will be focused on the World Food Prize events where the secretaries will discuss the state of North American agriculture and how to support those in the field.

On Thursday, both secretaries will participate in World Food Prize panels in Des Moines: North American Government Agricultural Leaders Dialogue and North American Agricultural Advisory Network panel.

They will also attend the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony in the State Capitol to wrap up the visit where Vilsack will deliver closing remarks.