Tom Vilsack

Anxiety and hope: What a Trump presidency could mean for agriculture

Some food industry titans worry President-elect Donald Trump's tough talk on trade could eventually hurt business in numerous ways, including limiting food and agriculture exports.

Others in agriculture see Trump's election as an opportunity to improve the viability of family farming.

In other words, anticipation of Trump's policy actions is prompting the same type of anxiety and hope found elsewhere throughout the American economy. In an interview Wednesday at a Chicago event organized by the nonprofit Food Tank, Cargill CEO Dave MacLennan said he hoped Trump's pick for secretary of agriculture would carry forward the same pro-trade policies of outgoing Secretary of...