Vilsack was the only cabinet member to serve all eight years under Obama, and the longest serving Secretary of Agriculture in modern times (James Wilson served for 16 years under three presidents 1897-1913).
During his term, Vilsack frequently attended the major agricultural events and commodity organization meetings. He visited with the National Association of Farm Broadcasting at Washington Watch and almost every year at the NAFB convention. He has still remained in the industry since leaving USDA, being named president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council in 2017.
Most major farm and biofuel organizations have already reacted favorably to Vilsack’s nomination.