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January 15, 2009

Governor Douglas, Vt Agriculture Secretary Voice Support for the Nomination of Tom Vilsack as the next U.S. Agriculture Secretary

Montpelier, Vt – Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee today commended President-elect Obama’s nomination of former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to be the 30th Secretary of Agriculture.

“Tom Vilsack has experience and has shown support for many programs and issues that are important to Vermont farmers,” said Allbee. “He has a long history of supporting conservation programs on farms, increasing markets for agriculture, improving nutrition programs and food security and renewable energy development. With the catastrophic economic crisis our dairy farmers expect to face as early as March, we need strong leadership in agriculture at the federal level.”

In a letter to the Vermont Congressional Delegation yesterday, Secretary Allbee stated his support of Mr. Vilsack and asked that his nomination be approved swiftly.

Governor Douglas has also expressed support of the nomination. “I have worked closely with Tom through the National Governors Association and as the Governor and chief executive of the state of Iowa, which has great agricultural diversity, I trust Mr. Vilsack to be able to jump right in to start working on the difficult issues faced by agriculture in our state and across the nation,” said Governor Douglas.

Tom Vilsack was first elected as Governor of Iowa in 1998 – the first time in 30 years a democrat had been elected Governor of that state. Vilsack is a member of the National Governors Association (NGA) Executive Committee. He was chair of the Governors Biotechnology Partnership, the Governors Ethanol Coalition and the Midwest Governors Conference and has also been chair and vice chair of the NGA committee on Natural Resources where he helped develop the NGA’s farm and energy policies.

Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: January 15, 2009 08:54:05