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Ag Groups Respond to Possible Vilsack Return to USDA

Several media outlets reported that President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate Tom Vilsack to return as USDA Secretary of Agriculture, a post he held for eight years under Barack Obama. 

National Farmers Union President Rob Larew says family farmers face significant challenges and need a strong Secretary of Agriculture to help them make it through in one piece. 

“After eight years leading USDA, Tom Vilsack has the necessary qualifications and experience to steer the agency through turbulent times,” Larew says. 

United Fresh Produce Association CEO Tom Stenzel says, “Given COVID-19 and all its challenges, it’s vital to have experienced leaders who can hit the ground running.” 

Farm Credit Council President and CEO Todd Van Hoose says, “Vilsack’s comprehensive knowledge of agriculture and passion for rural America was evident during the Obama Administration, and we look forward to working with him again.” 

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association CEO Colin Woodall says,” Vilsack knows the issues facing cattle producers and can utilize his extensive experience to showcase the positive impact we have on food security, nutrition, and our natural resources. We look forward to working with him for the betterment of beef farmers and ranchers.” 

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says, “Tom Vilsack earned a reputation for rising above partisanship to serve farmers and ranchers and will continue to do so.”

(Story Courtesy of the NAFB News Service)

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