Secretary Vilsack to Stay at USDA

On Monday, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack publicly stated that he accepted President Obama’s invitation to continue his service as Secretary of Agriculture.  This move puts to rest speculation that President Obama would soon be searching for a potential replacement.  Former Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln, who previously served as Chair of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee was thought by some to be a possible candidate to replace Vilsack in the event he did not continue to serve as Secretary.

Below is the text of a press release from Secretary Vilsack’s office:

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Continuing His Service in the Obama Administration

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement today regarding the announcement that he will continue his service in the Obama Administration.

“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.”