Obama selects Vilsack as Agriculture Secretary

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12/17/2008-According to an article in The New York Times, President-elect Barack Obama has selected former Gov. Tom Vilsack, 58, of Iowa to serve as his Agriculture Secretary. Vilsack, a lawyer based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a strong proponent of renewable energy and developing the nationís alternative fuel industry. One of the first major decision Obama and Vilsack may have to make is whether to grant the ethanol industryís request for billions in federal aid in the stimulus bill, which Obama has said he hopes to sign into law quickly. In addition, Vilsack will be writing rules for the new farm bill and will have to undertake the demand for food assistance in the wake of the economic turmoil.

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