15-01-2013 06:19 AM | USA

Vilsack asked to stay on as Agriculture secretary

Tom Vilsack, the country's top agriculture chief, will stay on in his current role, providing the White House with an experienced ally as Congress attempts to make another run at crafting a long-term farm bill this year.

Vilsack, the country's 30th agriculture secretary, has frequently mentioned how much he enjoys the job but until Monday has been reluctant to speculate on his future.

During his first four years at the helm of the USDA, the former Iowa governor has focused on promoting renewable fuels, pressing the need for more agriculture production on a local level, and more recently warning rural America that it is becoming less relevant in the country's increasingly urban landscape and needs to do something to counter the development.
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