Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack Tapped to Return as USDA Secretary Under Biden Administration

Contact: Cassidy Walter

JOHNSTON, IOWA – Today President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition team announced former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack is Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Agriculture, a job he held for all eight years of the Obama Administration. In response to this announcement, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw made the following statement:

“It’ll be great to have an Iowan at the helm of USDA that understands the challenges facing the family farmers who dominate American agriculture. Secretary Vilsack knows first-hand the importance of robust biofuels markets at home and abroad to the economic vitality of the farm economy. He has stood up for the RFS and expanded exports. And Secretary Vilsack has created innovative solutions like the Biofuels Infrastructure Program that really began the growth of E15 availability. We look forward to Sec. Vilsack continuing to push creative solutions, whether it be for growing higher-blend markets, ensuring farmers are rewarded for their ability to sequester carbon in the soil, or in expanding export opportunities.”

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association represents the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry and works to foster its growth. Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production with 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 4.5 billion gallons annually – including 34 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 11 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce over 400 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: