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Hearing today for Vilsack nomination

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GREELEY (KWWL) - It's a job interview of sorts today for former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack, who's on deck to be the next secretary of agriculture.

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, who's chairman of the Senate Agricultural Committee, led Wednesday's confirmation hearing for the post.  "This morning it is a distinct honor of mine to hold this hearing of this committee to consider the nomination of Thomas J. Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa to become secretary of agriculture."

Harkin is one of Vilsack's biggest supporters.   Senator Charles Grassley is also on the committee.

Tom Vilsack was picked by Barack Obama after the president-elect's first choice backed out.
He's vowing to work to boost the economies of farm communities.

He also says he'll promote nutruitous foods and help poor families put meals on the table.

Vilsack said, "We can work with our schools to ensure that fresh fruits and vegetables are available, we can certainly expand the process of what has already began in this country with local producers, establish produce opportunities with local consumers."

One of his first priorities as secretary will be putting a 290 billion dollars farm bill into place.
President george bush vetoed the bill as wasteful and too costly.
Congress overrode him to enact it.

Online Producer: Adam Amdor

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