After a Senate vote of 92-7, former Iowa Governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture will assume the latter role for the second time. He takes the USDA reins at a critical time for a few major agency priorities including helping U.S. agriculture overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and contribute to the administration’s efforts to cut carbon emissions through farm-level production practices. Though there are a few detractors, Vilsack received broad support from most major farm organizations who affirmed the Iowan’s commitment to helping improve demand for U.S. ag products and overcome the “obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic,” one leader said after Tuesday’s confirmation. See more on Vilsack’s confirmation.