Former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, will receive the George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) announced this week the two-time Governor of Iowa will be presented with the prestigious title at the 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and AgTech in Des Moines this July, an event we are media partners with.

“I am humbled to receive this award. Every day there are scientists and researchers in the bio-based industry helping to meet the twin challenge of adapting to and mitigating the consequences of a changing climate while also increasing our capacity to feed an ever-increasing world population in a safe and sustainable way,” said Vilsack.

The former two-term governor had a strong track record of supporting the use of biotechnology in food production and industrial processes; and was chair of the Governors Biotechnology Partnership.

“Secretary Vilsack has been one of the strongest advocates in promoting America’s bio-based economy,” said BIO President and CEO James C. Greenwood. “From his time serving as governor of Iowa—America’s top ethanol producer and a leading state in biomass and renewable chemical production—to his leadership at USDA, Secretary Vilsack consistently championed policies that advanced industrial biotechnologies and grew America’s rural economy.”

The 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and AgTech takes place from 8-11 July, 2019, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa.