USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says President Barack Obama's three goals for USDA, reflected in the administration's proposed budget, are:

  • Ensure America's children have more nutritious food.

  • Do all USDA can to expand energy opportunities and the capacity of land, farm and ranches to produce alternative forms of energy and fuel.

  • Ensure USDA works hard at conducting the necessary research to allow agriculture to transition away from its current dependence on fossil fuels.