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Vilsack confirmed as ag secretary

Tom Vilsack’s nomination was approved by the Senate Tuesday for U.S. Agriculture Secretary.

Vilask returns to the USDA’s top spot after serving in the same capacity during the Obama Administration. The Senate’s vote was 92-7. Around 20 minutes of debate was allowed by the Senate but they chose short statements from Senate Ag Committee leaders before calling the vote.

Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan and Senate Ag Committee chair, said Vilsack can now get to work after the overwhelmingly bipartisan vote. She said he is qualified to head USDA. AFBF President Zippy Duvall feels Vilsack’s strong leadership and previous experience will benefit rural America.

Chandley Goule, who serves as CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers, believes Vilsack has “exceptional” understanding of rural and agricultural issues.


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