A Familiar Face is Picked to Head USDA

Dec 11, 2020  | 2 min  | Ep4617

If Tom Vilsack is confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture, his second week back on the job would make him the longest-serving Secretary behind James Wilson, whose tenure ended in 1913.

The USDA of today is much different than it was for Wilson and Mr. Vilsack is about see how his view of the rural American landscape may have changed since he left the Department in 2017.

John Torpy has the story.  

This week, former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack was asked by President-elect Joe Biden to reprise the role of leading the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 
The former two term Iowa governor, who held the job for eight years during the Obama Administration, was part of a short list of candidates which included Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, who is viewed by many as an advocate for food assistance programs including SNAP. Rep. Fudge has been tapped to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The National Farmers Unions noted Secretary Vilsack’s previous experience will help him in the role and added more work needs to be done to help protect family farms and expand nutrition assistance programs. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association applauded the appointment and noted Vilsack understands challenges facing the biofuels industry. Vilsack, no stranger to the challenges the office currently faces, will have to consider a diverse set of issues including food insecurity, climate change, carbon sequestration, and resolution of charges against USDA over discrimination by some black farmers.For Market to Market, I’m John Torpy.


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