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Monday, December 22, 2008

Bleeding Heartland: More reaction to Vilsack's nomination and good ideas on food policy

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

I don't recall nearly as intense a reaction to Bill Clinton's or George Bush's nominees for secretary of agriculture. Either food and farm issues are much more salient now than they used to be, or I am noticing it more because Barack Obama is tapping an Iowan to head the USDA. Tom Vilsack's friend Jennifer Donahue says Vilsack is the "best possible" choice for secretary of agriculture. Denise O'Brien urges sustainable agriculture advocates not to give up hope, because as governor Vilsack was accessible and did some good things on food and environmental issues. Another Iowan, Food & Society Policy Fellow Angie Tagtow of Elkhart, wants Vilsack and incoming Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Daschle to work together.

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