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On February 5, 2014, the [[Barack Obama|Obama]] administration announced the creation of seven "climate hubs" to be located in rural areas across the country. The hubs were formed in order to help rural farmers get the scientific information needed to properly handle extreme weather conditions such as droughts, blizzards and flooding. Hubs will be located in [[Iowa]], [[New Hampshire]], [[North Carolina]], [[Colorado]], [[Oklahoma]], [[Oregon]] and [[New Mexico]]. Vilsack explained the reasons for the hubs, stating, "USDA's climate hubs are part of our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions so that our agricultural leaders have the modern technologies and tools they need to adapt and succeed in the face of a changing climate."<ref>[http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/05/politics/obama-climate-hubs/ ''CNN'', "U.S. sets up 'climate hubs' to help rural communities affected by extreme weather," February 5, 2014]</ref>
 
On February 5, 2014, the [[Barack Obama|Obama]] administration announced the creation of seven "climate hubs" to be located in rural areas across the country. The hubs were formed in order to help rural farmers get the scientific information needed to properly handle extreme weather conditions such as droughts, blizzards and flooding. Hubs will be located in [[Iowa]], [[New Hampshire]], [[North Carolina]], [[Colorado]], [[Oklahoma]], [[Oregon]] and [[New Mexico]]. Vilsack explained the reasons for the hubs, stating, "USDA's climate hubs are part of our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions so that our agricultural leaders have the modern technologies and tools they need to adapt and succeed in the face of a changing climate."<ref>[http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/05/politics/obama-climate-hubs/ ''CNN'', "U.S. sets up 'climate hubs' to help rural communities affected by extreme weather," February 5, 2014]</ref>

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Tom Vilsack
Tom Vilsack, official USDA photo portrait.jpg
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Incumbent
In office
February 3, 2009-Present
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
NominatedDecember 17, 2008
ConfirmedJanuary 20, 2009
Appointed byBarack Obama
Prior offices
Governor of Iowa
1998-2006
Iowa State Senator
1992-1998
Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa
1987-1992
Education
Bachelor'sHamilton College
J.D.Albany Law School
Personal
BirthdayDecember 13, 1950
Place of birthPittsburgh, PA
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Thomas James "Tom" Vilsack (b. December 13, 1950, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is the current United States Secretary of Agriculture. The Senate voted to confirm Vilsack by unanimous vote on January 20, 2009.[1]

He previously served two terms as the governor of Iowa after serving as a state senator and as mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

Biography

Vilsack was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in an orphanage before being adopted before he was one year old. He graduated from Hamilton College and earned his J.D. from Albany Law School before getting married and moving to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, his wife's hometown.[2] He worked in a private law firm before starting his career in politics.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Vilsack's academic, professional and political career:[2][3]

  • 1972: Graduated from Hamilton College
  • 1975: Earned J.D. from Albany Law School
  • 1975-1998: Lawyer at private law practice
  • 1987-1992: Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa
  • 1992-1999: State Senator in Iowa's 49th District
  • 1999-2007: Governor of Iowa
  • 2007: Dropped out of 2008 Presidential race
  • 2007-2008: Managing Partner for international law firm Dorsey and Whitney
  • 2009-Present: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Confirmation vote

Vilsack was confirmed by unanimous consent on January 20, 2009. He was among several of President Barack Obama's initial cabinet nominees.[1]

Secretary of Agriculture term initiatives


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Executive Departments of the United States

Executive Departments
Department of DefenseDepartment of StateDepartment of Homeland SecurityDepartment of JusticeDepartment of CommerceDepartment of EducationDepartment of the TreasuryDepartment of AgricultureDepartment of EnergyDepartment of LaborDepartment of TransportationDepartment of the InteriorDepartment of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Veterans AffairsDepartment of Housing and Urban Development

Department Secretaries
Chuck HagelJohn KerryJeh JohnsonEric HolderPenny PritzkerArne DuncanJack LewTom VilsackErnest MonizTom PerezAnthony FoxxSally JewellSylvia Mathews BurwellRobert McDonaldJulian Castro

Climate hubs

On February 5, 2014, the Obama administration announced the creation of seven "climate hubs" to be located in rural areas across the country. The hubs were formed in order to help rural farmers get the scientific information needed to properly handle extreme weather conditions such as droughts, blizzards and flooding. Hubs will be located in Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and New Mexico. Vilsack explained the reasons for the hubs, stating, "USDA's climate hubs are part of our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions so that our agricultural leaders have the modern technologies and tools they need to adapt and succeed in the face of a changing climate."[4]

Analysis

Department budget

U.S. Department of Agriculture[5] Annual Budget
YearBudget (in billions)% Difference from previous year
2014$146-4.58%
2013$1530.66%
2012$1526.29%
2011$14310%
2010$13012.07%
2009$116N/A
  • Note: 2014 only represents the Department's budget request, not an enacted budget.

Personal

Vilsack is married with two children and two grandchildren.[2]

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Schafer
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
2009-Present
Succeeded by
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