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Biden Compromises at USDA with Vilsack, Pleasing Few

Then U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (center) and Cuban Agriculture Minister Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero (left) listen to Central Iowa farmer Aaron Lehman during a tour of Lehman's farm in 2016. (Photo by Amy Mayer, Harvest Public Media)

Tom Vilsack served as the secretary of agriculture during all eight years of the Obama administration. President-elect Joe Biden is looking to tap into that experience by picking him to return to his job leading the department. But, as Harvest Public Media’s Jonathan Ahl reports, midwestern farmers and activists from both sides of the political spectrum have some major concerns:

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