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US Senate approves Vilsack for Agriculture Department again

The US Senate voted 92-7 on Tuesday to confirm Tom Vilsack as Agriculture secretary, his second run at the Cabinet post. The former Iowa governor spent eight years leading the same department for former President Barack Obama s entire administration. In his testimony, Vilsack, 70, heavily endorsed boosting climate-friendly agricultural industries such as the creation of biofuels, saying Agriculture is one of our first and best ways to get some wins on climate change. He proposed building a rural economy based on biomanufacturing and turning agricultural waste into a variety of products. He pledged to work closely with the Environmental Protection Agency to spur the industry on biofuels. With systemic racial inequity now a nationwide talking point, Vilsack also envisioned creating an equity taskforce inside the department. Its job, he said, would be to identify what he called intentional or unintentional barriers that prevent or discourage farmers of colour from properly accessing


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