WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee's hearing on the nomination of Tom Vilsack for secretary of agriculture offers an opportunity for him to discuss how he will build on his legacy at the department and "how the Biden Administration will address the challenges facing wildlife and people alike."
Vilsack left a solid legacy during his previous eight years at the helm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in advancing soil health initiatives and in improving implementation of conservation programs. The National Wildlife Federation looks forward to working with the Biden Administration to build on that legacy while taking stronger actions to confront the longstanding issues of discrimination in Department of Agriculture programs and further strengthen conservation programs, forest policy and management, and food-security programs.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a leading role to play in supporting food security, promoting more sustainable use of our nation’s working lands and in righting historic injustices and structural racism in its own programs,” said Julie Sibbing, associate vice president for land stewardship for the National Wildlife Federation. “It’s good to hear that the former secretary and governor has promised he will do better to tackle these pressing issues, and we hope that he will take the opportunity at his nomination hearing to explain how the Biden Administration will address the challenges facing wildlife and people alike.”
The National Wildlife Federation encouraged members of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee to raise the following questions:
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