Take Note: U.S. Ag Secretary Calls Rural America "A Forgotten Place"

Nov 25, 2016

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Penn State on Oct. 5 for a White House Rural Forum.
Credit USDA.gov

Tom Vilsack has been the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture throughout President Obama’s two terms in the White House. He talked with WPSU’s Emily Reddy while he was in town for a first-ever series of “White House Rural Forums.”

The conversation took place before the election, but Vilsack was already planning to move on from the position with the end of Obama’s presidency. He actually considered leaving about a year ago, but Obama convinced him to stay by giving him an important new assignment: combating the opioid crisis.