Dear Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Boozman:

The undersigned food and agriculture trade associations respectfully urge confirmation of the Honorable Thomas Vilsack to serve as Secretary of Agriculture.

Our associations represent the vast majority of the food and agriculture sector that is responsible for roughly one-fifth of the country’s economic activity, directly supporting more than 23 million jobs – constituting nearly 15 percent of total U.S. employment.

Secretary Vilsack understands and embraces as USDA’s mission the advancement of U.S. food and agriculture for the benefit of all in the U.S. and countless consumers beyond our shores. We endorse the nomination of Secretary Vilsack not just because of his previous outstanding eight-year tenure in the post during the Obama Administration, but more importantly because of his vision for meeting the substantial current challenges of food and agriculture. Secretary Vilsack is ready to lead the peoples’ department and American food and agriculture broadly to meet environmental challenges, enhance diversity and inclusion, strengthen food security, and build rural prosperity through expanded trade and development of the bioeconomy, all with broad consumer benefits.

Please feel free to call upon any of the undersigned associations to expand upon our rationale for supporting the nomination of Secretary Vilsack. Thank you for your consideration of our views.


Agribusiness Association of Iowa

Agribusiness Council of Indiana

Agricultural Retailers Association

Almond Alliance of California

American Bakers’ Association

American Beekeeping Federation

American Dairy Products Institute

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Feed Industry Association

American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Coalition

American Seed Trade Association

American Soybean Association

American Sugar Alliance

American Wood Council

Animal Health Institute

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Biotechnology Innovation Organization

California Association of Winegrape Growers

California Fresh Fruit Association

California Grain and Feed Association

California League of Food Processors

California Table Grape Commission

Colorado Dairy Farmers

Consumer Brands Association

Corn Refiners Association

Cotton Warehouse Association of America

Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau

Crop Insurance Professionals Association

CropLife America

Dairy Producers of New Mexico

Distilled Spirts Council of the U.S.

Farmers for Free Trade

Florida Tomato Exchange

FMI – Food Industry Association

Food Northwest

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

Global Cold Chain Alliance

Hop Growers of America

Illinois Pork Producers Assoc.

Imperial Valley Asparagus Growers Association

Indiana Dairy Producers

Indiana Pork

Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils

International Dairy Foods Association

Iowa Pork Producers Association

Iowa State Dairy Association

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association

Kansas Dairy Association

Kansas Grain and Feed Association

Kansas Pork Association

Leather & Hide Council of America

Louisiana Pork Producers Association

Meat Import Council of America, Inc.

Michigan Agri-Business Association

Michigan Apple Association

Michigan Pork Producers Association

Midwest Food Products Associations, Inc.

Milk Producers Council

Minnesota Grain and Feed Association

Minnesota Pork Producers Association

Missouri Pork Association

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Confectioners Association

National Corn Growers Association

National Cotton Council

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Fisheries Institute

National Grain and Feed Association

National Milk Producers Federation

National Oilseed Processors Association

National Pecan Federation

National Pork Producers Council

National Potato Council

National Sorghum Producers

National Turkey Federation

National Wild Turkey Federation

Nebraska Grain and Feed Association

New York Pork Producers

North American Export Grain Association

North American Meat Institute

North American Millers’ Association

North American Renderers Association

North Carolina Pork Council

Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance

Northwest Horticultural Council

Ohio Pork Council

Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association

Oregon Dairy Farmers Association

Oregon Feed and Grain Association

Organic Trade Association

Pacific Northwest Grain & Feed Association

Panhandle Peanut Growers Association

Pet Food Institute

Plant Based Products Council

Produce Marketing Association

Renew Kansas Biofuels Association

Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association

SNAC International

South Dakota Dairy Producers

South Dakota Grain & Feed Association

South East Dairy Farmers Association

Southwest Council of Agribusiness

Sweetener Users Association

Texas Grain and Feed Association

The Hardwood Federation

Tennessee Feed and Grain Association

Tennessee Pork Producers Association

U.S. Apple Association

U.S. Dairy Export Council

U.S. Hemp Roundtable

U.S. Wheat Associates

United Dairymen of Arizona

United Egg Producers

United Fresh Produce Association

United States Peanut Federation

US Dry Bean Council

US Rice Producers Association

USA Poultry and Egg Export Council

USA Rice Federation

Virginia Pork Council

Washington Apple Commission

Western Growers

Western Peanut Growers Association


Wisconsin Agri-Business Association

Date Sent:

January 20, 2021


Agriculture Coalition


U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry