The Senate has scheduled a vote on Tom Vilsack’s nomination for Secretary of Agriculture on Feb. 23. In early February, the Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously approved President Biden's pick to lead USDA.
USDA announced its intent to have primary oversight over gene-edited livestock. Secretary Perdue said this would be a significant step in modernizing regulations of agricultural animals produced by genetic engineering.
Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack has been officially tapped by the Joe Biden transition to return to USDA as Secretary. Vilsack was listed as the USDA nominee on the Biden transition Website Thursday morning.