Washington, D.C. (December 09, 2020) – Today, President-elect Joe Biden announced his intention to nominate former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to assume the role of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary under the Biden-Harris Administration. Vilsack is the current President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. NAWG President and Cass City, MI wheat farmer Dave Milligan made the following statement in response:
“NAWG congratulates former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for being nominated to serve under the Biden-Harris Administration as Secretary for the USDA.
“We look forward to working again with former Secretary Vilsack, and are ready to engage with any new staff at USDA.
“Former Secretary Vilsack’s understanding of policies important to wheat will be critical as the Department continues work to address the many economic challenges facing farmers across the country. Previously, his willingness to meet and listen to stakeholders as the USDA develops programs and regulations was key. Former Secretary Vilsack’s wealth of experience and his knowledge of agriculture are important attributes for this role.”