President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as his agriculture secretary, people familiar with the matter tell Axios. Why it matters: The selection of Vilsack is another example of Biden turning to a trusted friend to serve in a key role.Biden’s choice of Vilsack indicates he wants the USDA to stay more focused on its traditional roles of supporting farmers ensuring food safety.
Vilsack served as Obama’s agriculture secretary for all eight years. His was the only cabinet-level post not to turn over during Obama’s tenure.