Vilsack to stay as USDA secretary

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced he will remain in his post during the second term of Barack Obama’s presidency.

“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,” said Vilsack in a statement released by USDA. “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.”

Vilsack, 62, served as governor of Iowa for two terms before joining the Obama administration.

Originally posted Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

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