Vilsack Leaving USDA a Week Early, No Replacement Named

January 13, 2017 12:50 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary Tom Vilsack is leaving the Agriculture Department a week before his tenure ends and President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Trump has not chosen Vilsack's replacement.

Vilsack told employees in an email that Friday is his final day. He has led USDA for eight years and was President Barack Obama's longest-serving Cabinet secretary.

The email did not say why Vilsack is leaving or if someone will replace him until Trump is inaugurated next week. Vilsack has said he wants to remain involved with agriculture after leaving government.

Vilsack has criticized the Trump administration for lagging in picking an Agriculture Secretary. It is the only Cabinet position Trump has not filled. In a statement, Vilsack said the new person will be "at a tremendous disadvantage" learning what the department does.

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Spell Check

1/14/2017 12:43 PM

  that a boy!!!!! take your ball and go home. man up and stay for the american farmer. what that shows me is your integrity is not of a high standard. you want to be involved with agriculture after government? you are to ag what a noxious weed is to a crop farmer. go play golf with obummer

Fremont , NE
1/14/2017 09:12 PM

  Don't blame Vilsack for Trumps indifference to farming! Wake up people, Trump never cared about farmers! That's why it's the only position not filled!!


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