WASHINGTON – Today, Growth Energy released the following statement on President-Elect Obama's nomination of former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack as his Secretary of Agriculture.

“Growth Energy joins agricultural producers all over the country today in applauding former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack as President-elect Obama's choice for agriculture secretary. Vilsack’s leadership will ensure that American agriculture will continue to be the most innovative and advanced in the world. As a former governor of a corn-growing state, he also understands the importance of creating green-collar jobs, the critical role our rural communities play in achieving energy security, and the power of clean, green, homegrown energy to power our nation today. We look forward to working with an Agriculture Department headed by this fine leader and friend to agriculture.”

About Growth Energy

Growth Energy is a group committed to the promise of agriculture and growing America’s economy through cleaner, greener energy. Growth Energy members recognize America needs a new ethanol approach. Through smart policy reform and a proactive grassroots campaign, Growth Energy promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding the use of ethanol in gasoline, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, and creating American jobs at home. More information can be found at GrowthEnergy.org.

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