But this time its confirmation was delayed as Senate leaders fought over the 50-50 power-sharing deal and was pushed back again due to former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.
Vilsack’s selection in December drew criticism from civil rights leaders and black farmers who said he had not done enough to address racial equity issues at the USDA under the Obama administration .
And after: Vilsack, 70, has a long list of things to do waiting for him. The former Iowa governor said tackling climate change and racial fairness will be among his top priorities, two issues the department has long struggled to address.
Vilsack will also have to deal with historically high levels of food insecurity, pandemic relief efforts, continued supply chain disruptions and concerns about meat packaging, working conditions for farmers. and access to vaccines.