Vilsack confirmed for second stint as agriculture secretary
On Feb. 23, the U.S. Senate confirmed Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture by a 92-7 vote.
“After an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, Secretary Vilsack can now get to work and help our farmers, families, and rural communities,” said Ag Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan). “I look forward to partnering with him to address the challenges for our farmers and rural communities related to the COVID-19 pandemic, feed American families in need, and create new markets while curbing the climate crisis.”
Vilsack, who succeeds Sonny Perdue, will be leading the USDA for the second time. He previously served as Secretary of Agriculture under President Barack Obama.
“AFBF congratulates Tom Vilsack on his confirmation as the next Secretary of Agriculture. His strong track record of leadership and previous experience at USDA will serve rural America well,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. “Secretary Vilsack and I have spoken several times in recent weeks about opportunities and challenges facing America’s farmers and ranchers, and I look forward to close collaboration. We have a lot of work to do as we overcome obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We must commit to resuming CARES Act programs and continue to build on advances made in trade. We must move forward on the successes made in climate-smart practices while seeking partnerships to ensure new environmental policies remain market-based and voluntary. We also recognize the importance of strengthening the farm bill and bringing broadband to every community in America.”