Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack Tapped as Next Ag Secretary

December 15, 2008 06:00 PM

Pro Farmer Editors


According to the Associated Press, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack has been tapped as the nominee by President-elect Barack Obama as the next USDA Secretary.

Washington consultant Jim Wiesemeyer has more on Obama's pick as the next ag chief in the Pro Farmer Member's area.

Reacting to the news, Senate Ag Chairman, Tom Harkin (D-Ia.), said, "I am extremely pleased by the news being reported that Tom Vilsack will be nominated as Secretary of Agriculture. I have known Tom Vilsack as a state legislator and as a governor. He knows production agriculture and he knows the changes we need to ensure its profitability and future, including for young and beginning farmers and ranchers. Tom Vilsack has the experience, dedication and forward-looking thinking critically needed to build a better future for all Americans in food, agriculture, conservation, and the economic vitality of rural communities. With these qualifications and his strong Iowa roots, I hope he is indeed nominated for this position."

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