Press Release – 

Arlington, Virginia, United States

“NASDA members congratulate Tom Vilsack for his nomination to lead USDA as the 30th U.S. agriculture secretary. NASDA supports his nomination because Vilsack has the experience to immediately respond to the economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on American agriculture, while also bringing prosperity to rural communities.

NASDA members are grateful to work with a leader who understands the value of state agriculture departments’ service as co-regulators with the federal government. Together, we can immediately address worker and food safety, expand trading markets and rural broadband, support our food supply chain system and invest in climate solutions — all priorities that must be upheld to ensure rural America has a strong recovery from the pandemic.

NASDA supports Vilsack’s nomination and is prepared to work closely with him to ensure he has a successful second term as the U.S. agriculture secretary.”

— NASDA CEO Dr. Barb Glenn


NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. NASDA grows and enhances American agriculture through policy, partnerships and public engagement. To learn more about NASDA, please visit

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