US Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer made several stops in Florida today, starting with the third annual Farm to Fuel Summit in Orlando, where I had a chance to sit down and chat with him for a few minutes.
During his address to the conference, Schafer talked about the great potential Florida has in helping to meet the nation’s energy needs with alternative fuels. “Florida is probably one of the state’s that is best positioned to get involved in renewable fuels and biomass-generated energy,” Schafer told me.
Upon leaving Orlando, Schafer traveled to Gainesville and the USDA-APHIS facility. “This is a wildlife research center and we are going to be learning the research that they are doing there on the impacts on wildlife, agriculture and land use.”
Then Schafer went to the Port of Jacksonville, “I am excited to be at the port since so much of country is focused on trade and exporting agriculture products.”
Listen to my interview with Secretary Schafer here: