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Media reports indicate that former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack will be named President-elect Barack Obama's new Secretary of Agriculture. The announcement comes as a surprise to many, including Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, after Vilsack said three weeks ago that he was not in contention for the job.
Grassley said as governor Vilsack "had a firsthand look at the role of agriculture in our global economy" and the news is welcome news for agriculture.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin and the other
National Farmers Union president Tom Buis, another name commonly mentioned for the post, called Vilsack a "great choice" and said Vilsack "has an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist in rural