Agri-Pulse Announces Passing of Bill Tomson

Cindy Zimmerman

Agri-Pulse’s senior trade editor Bill Tomson passed away on May 12 following a battle with cancer. He was 55.

“Bill was extremely dedicated to bringing our readers the very best insights on trade and any topic he covered. He worked tirelessly to get information from his vast network of sources,” said Agri-Pulse Founder and Publisher Sara Wyant. “We will miss him terribly.”

Tomson joined Agri-Pulse in 2016 and quickly stood out for his ability to get scoops on trade topics. He traveled across Brazil in 2018 for Agri-Pulse, providing updates on the country’s growth in agriculture and infrastructure improvements. During a trip to Cuba in 2022, he met with President Raúl Castro to discuss expansion of agricultural trade with the island nation.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offered his condolences on X, “His contributions as a reporter gave voice to many important issues in agriculture, and he will be deeply missed both personally and as a professional across USDA.”

Tomson was a native of Washington, D.C. and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Central Michigan University. He is survived by his wife Marcia and daughter Chloe; two siblings, Jeff and Amy; and his parents, Bill and Anne.

A memorial service will be June 15th at 2:00 pm at the Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Dunn Loring, VA –

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