Tom Vilsack speaks into a microphone at a campaign even

Tom Vilsack speaks at a campaign event for Joe Biden in Creston, Iowa. Photo Credit: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association

Iowa Soybean Association Supports Vilsack Selection as U.S. Ag Secretary

December 10, 2020

Statement on behalf of Iowa Soybean Association President Jeff Jorgenson of Sidney, Iowa

“President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of Tom Vilsack as U.S. agriculture secretary would bring an experienced and proven voice for America’s farmers to the administration’s inner-circle.

The former Iowa governor’s return to the post is a manifestation of the trust and friendship that exists between the Bidens and Vilsacks. They are good friends, with the Mt. Pleasant native having served as a campaign advisor for the former vice president.

More importantly, Mr. Vilsack is uniquely suited for the position. Given a combined 16 years serving as the nation’s ag CEO and Iowa governor, he will hit the ground running on a host of issues important to soybean farmers. He has a deep understanding of issues impacting agricultural families and the nation’s food supply – from trade and biofuels to infrastructure, soil health and water quality.

He was a steady and reasoned voice for agricultural interests during his previous service. Mr. Vilsack clearly understands the issues facing modern agriculture and will be a tireless advocate for the needs of U.S. soybean farmers.

We also thank current ag secretary Sonny Perdue for his unwavering commitment to serving U.S. agriculture. He is a dedicated ambassador for farmers and an enthusiastic spokesperson for issues and policy centric to food, fiber and fuel production.”

The Iowa Soybean Association ( is “Driven To Deliver” increased soybean demand through market development and new uses, farmer-focused research and results, timely information and know-how and policy initiatives enabling farmers and the industry to flourish. Founded in 1964 by farmers to serve farmers, ISA is governed by a board of 22 farmers to advocate on behalf of the state’s 40,000 soybean producers, including more than 15,000 ISA farmer members and industry stakeholders.