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Biden Ag Chief Consults With Food Company CEOs on Racial Equity

  • Vilsack presses initiative to lift minority opportunities
  • Says USDA will likely forge partnerships with firms on goal
Tom Vilsack 

Tom Vilsack 

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke with top executives of a dozen major food and agriculture companies --including Walmart Inc., Bayer AG and Deere & Co. -- on efforts to advance racial equity as his department grapples with a legacy of discrimination against minorities.

“It’s a recognition that within the food and agriculture sector this is being taken seriously,” Vilsack said in a telephone interview shortly after the virtual meeting Friday. “These are some very important people in very important companies.”