U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said advancements in agriculture technology have made America food secure, and that technology will help produce the estimated 70 percent increase in food production the world will need in coming decades.

Vilsack spoke Tuesday at Kansas State University, delivering the 160th Landon Lecture in a series named after former Kansas Governor Alf Landon, who was the 1936 Republican presidential nominee.

Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa, emphasized the importance of agriculture and why expanding agriculture education is imperative to the future of our nation, a message that was well-received by those in attendance who gave Vilsack standing ovations at the beginning and the end of his speech.