A few weeks after clearing his Senate agriculture committee listening to, the whole Senate voted 92-7 Tuesday to verify Tom Vilsack as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Vilsack, an Iowan, served in the same role for all eight yrs of the Obama administration, and oversaw the USDA through passage and implementation of the 2014 Farm Monthly bill, which authorized states to experiment with hemp creation.
With bipartisan help, Vilsack received unanimous votes in his favor from Democrats, although his nomination was sharply criticized amid civil legal rights advocates for his purpose in the agency’s foreclosures on Black farmers who experienced superb discrimination issues, and inequitable farm mortgage distribution to Black farmers.
For the duration of his virtual Senate agriculture committee listening to, Vilsack said he would type an fairness commission.
Vilsack did not point out hemp during the original hearing, but he did update senators about Biden’s plans to make agriculture carbon neutral, an thought that could direct to new prospects for hemp farmers.
Immediately out of the gate, Vilsack will probably be focused on pandemic-relevant farm help, including the $3 billion in farm reduction that Congress made accessible through the Coronavirus Food items Support Plan and other initiatives.
As is customary with new administrations, President Joe Biden place a freeze on all expending through the transition, such as a freeze on immediate payments to farmers “until even further see.”
Over the past four yrs, Vilsack served as president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council.