The U.S. Senate confirmed former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack last week as U.S. agriculture secretary, a job he plans to use to promote renewable energy including biofuels and put healthier food in America’s school meals.
As secretary, Vilsack, 57, will face two tasks immediately — working with Congress to renew USDA’s child nutrition programs, which cost more than $15 billion a year, and deciding whether to tighten USDA’s eligibility rules for farm subsidies.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) praised Vilsack for his past work on issues like nutrition, conservation, and renewable energy as governor of Iowa, and says he’s confident Vilsack will make those issues high priorities as USDA’s leader.
(Sources: Agriculture Online, Reuters)