More and more, busy American families want nutrition information that they can quickly and easily understandUSDA to require meat nutrition labels Dec 29, 2010
Since taking office, the president has clearly articulated the goal to ensure a cleaner, safer and more secure energy futureU.S. unveils funding for biofuels Apr 18, 2011
The United States is facing an obesity epidemic and the crisis of poor diets threatens the future of our children -- and our nationRule proposed for improved school meals Jan 13, 2011
The guidelines are being released when the majority of adults and one in three children is overweight or obese and this is a crisis that we can no longer ignoreDietary guidelines: Less fat, salt, sugar Jan 31, 2011
We've made an effort to turn the page on what has been a tough chapter for us in civil rightsUSDA offers Hispanic, female farmers $1B Mar 09, 2011
Thomas James "Tom" Vilsack (pronounced /ˈvɪlsæk/; born December 12, 1950) is an American politician, a member of the Democratic Party, and presently the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He served as the 40th Governor of the state of Iowa. He was first elected in 1998 and re-elected to a second four-year term in 2002. On November 30, 2006, he formally launched his candidacy for the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States in the 2008 election, but ended his bid on February 23, 2007.
Barack Obama announced Vilsack's selection to be the United States Secretary of Agriculture under his administration on December 17, 2008. Vilsack's nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate by unanimous consent on January 20, 2009.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tom Vilsack was abandoned at birth and placed in a Roman Catholic orphanage. He was adopted in 1951 by Bud and Dolly Vilsack, who raised him in the Roman Catholic faith. His adoptive father was a real-estate agent and insurance salesman, and his adoptive mother was a homemaker.