Agriculture secretary agrees to second term

Farm bill, rural revitalization among shared goals

President Barack Obama has asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to retain his cabinet position for a second four-year term, and Vilsack has agreed.

Vilsack made the following statement about his re-appointment: “President Obama and I share a deep appreciation for rural America and its unlimited potential in the years ahead to feed a growing world population, revolutionize America’s energy, further protect our natural resources and create more jobs here at home. We will continue to urge Congress to pass a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill that will help us continue USDA’s wide range of efforts to support this work. As we look ahead to a promising future in our small towns and rural communities, I am pleased to continue working alongside President Obama to grow more opportunity in rural America.”

Prior to becoming the agriculture secretary, Vilsack was the 40th governor of Iowa, serving two terms from 1998 to 2006.