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By Anna Johnson
Policy manager Center for Rural Affairs 

The next Secretary of Agriculture has a lot on his plate


December 17, 2020

For almost 50 years, the Center for Rural Affairs has been a leading force in standing up for the family farmer and rancher, small business owner and rural communities.

We look forward to working with former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack; President-Elect Joe Biden; and the new USDA leadership as they listen to and work with rural Americans. On Dec. 10, Vilsack was officially nominated for the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. All Cabinet appointees, including Secretary of Agriculture, must be confirmed by the Senate. He served in the position under President Obama.

We urge the n...

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