FarmPolicy

February 22, 2020

Vilsack Hearing, and Trade Issues

Vilsack Hearing

Associated Press writer Mary Clare Jalonick reported today that, “President-elect Barack Obama’s pick for agriculture secretary, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, was expected to face an agreeable group of senators as he takes questions from the Senate Agriculture Committee.

“The farm-friendly panel has had few qualms with Vilsack, who served eight years as chief executive of a state that is a leading U.S. crop producer. The Democratic chairman of the panel is Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, one of Vilsack’s biggest supporters. His confirmation hearing was set for Wednesday.

“Vilsack did not focus heavily on agricultural issues as governor. But he headed gubernatorial groups that focused on biotechnology and ethanol.”

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