Tom Vilsack, USDA

2014 Power 50 Associations/Government/Public Sphere: No. 5 Tom Vilsack Secretary USDA Key Development: Helping secure passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.   What’s Next: Implementing provisions of the Farm Bill; confronting the effects of climate change on farming.

Ever since becoming secretary of agriculture in 2009, Tom Vilsack pushed for the passage of a comprehensive new Farm Bill. Now that one has been signed into law, he finally gets to oversee its implementation.

In January, the Senate passed a five-year Farm Bill that maintained safeguards for farmers while reforming subsidies seen by many as wasteful. It included increased funding for local and organic food systems, but cut $8.6 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Pro

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