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 Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (Biography)

Tom Vilsack was sworn in as the 30th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on January 21, 2009. Appointed by President Barack Obama, Vilsack received unanimous support for his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Vilsack's Civil Rights Policy Statement

VIDEO: Vilsack - People's Garden - (Captioned)

USDA Results

To learn more about our work and results achieved for the American people since 2009, visit

  Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Proposed FY 2013 Budget

President's 2013 Budget for USDA (PDF)

Learn more about the President's Budget

USDA FY 2013 Budget Summary and Annual Performance Plan

  Secretary Vilsack's Action to Aid Disaster Victims
  USDA Rural Tour

In 2009, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack led the Obama Administration's Rural Tour, visiting dozens of communities in 20 states in an effort to engage in a more robust dialog with folks living in rural America.

  USDA Working to Revitalize Rural America, Provide Safe and Nutritious Food Supply (April 29, 2009)

VIDEO: Secretary Vilsack Holds Media Conference Call and Webinar on USDA Progress Report (April 29, 2009)

  First Lady Michelle Obama Visits USDA (Feb 19, 2009)
Secretary Tom Vilsack Greeting Employees
 Greeting from Secretary Vilsack to Employees (Feb 12, 2009)

Secretary Tom Vilsack speaks to USDA employees for the first time on the patio in the Jamie Whitten Building on Thursday, January 22, 2009