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The United States Secretary of Agriculture is the head of the United States Department of Agriculturemarker. The current secretary is Tom Vilsack, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on 20 January 2009. The position carries similar responsibilities to those of agriculture ministers in other governments.

The department includes several organizations. The 297,000 mi2 (770,000 kmĀ²) of national forests and grasslands are managed by the United States Forest Service. The safety of food produced that are produced in the United States and sold here is ensured by the United States Food Safety and Inspection Service. The Food Stamp Program works with the states to provide food to low-income people. Advice for farmers and gardeners is provided by the United States Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.

The line of succession for the Secretary of Agriculture is as follows:

  1. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
  2. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services
  3. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs
  4. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development
  5. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services
  6. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment
  7. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics
  8. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety
  9. General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture
  10. Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Administration
  11. Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Congressional Relations


Secretaries of Agriculture

# Image Secretary of Agriculture State of Residence Took office Left office President served under
1 Norman Jay Coleman Missourimarker February 15, 1889 March 6, 1889 Grover Cleveland
2 Jeremiah M. Rusk Wisconsinmarker March 6, 1889 March 6, 1893 Benjamin Harrison
3 J. Sterling Morton Nebraskamarker March 7, 1893 March 5, 1897 Grover Cleveland
4 James Wilson Iowamarker March 5, 1897 March 3, 1913 William McKinley,
Theodore Roosevelt,
William Taft

5 David F. Houston Missourimarker March 6, 1913 February 2, 1920 Woodrow Wilson
6 Edwin T. Meredith Iowamarker February 2, 1920 March 4, 1921
7 Henry C. Wallace Iowamarker March 5, 1921 October 25, 1924 Warren Harding,
Calvin Coolidge
8 Howard M. Gore West Virginiamarker November 22, 1924 March 4, 1925 Calvin Coolidge
9 William M. Jardine Kansasmarker March 5, 1925 March 4, 1929
10 Arthur M. Hyde Missourimarker March 6, 1929 March 4, 1933 Herbert Hoover
11 Henry A. Wallace Iowamarker March 4, 1933 September 4, 1940 Franklin Roosevelt
12 Claude R. Wickard Indianamarker September 5, 1940 June 29, 1945 Franklin Roosevelt,
Harry Truman
13 Clinton P. Anderson New Mexicomarker June 30, 1945 May 10, 1948 Harry Truman
14 Charles F. Brannan Coloradomarker June 2, 1948 January 20, 1953
15 Ezra Taft Benson Idahomarker January 21, 1953 January 20, 1961 Dwight Eisenhower
16 Orville L. Freeman Minnesotamarker January 21, 1961 January 20, 1969 John Kennedy,
Lyndon Johnson
17 Clifford M. Hardin Nebraskamarker January 21, 1969 November 17, 1971 Richard Nixon
18 Earl L. Butz Indianamarker December 2, 1971 October 4, 1976 Richard Nixon,
Gerald Ford
19 John A. Knebel Oklahomamarker November 4, 1976 January 20, 1977 Gerald Ford
20 Robert S. Bergland Minnesotamarker January 23, 1977 January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
21 John R. Block Illinoismarker January 23, 1981 February 14, 1986 Ronald Reagan
22 Richard E. Lyng Californiamarker March 7, 1986 January 21, 1989
23 Clayton K. Yeutter Nebraskamarker February 16, 1989 March 1, 1991 George H. W. Bush
24 Edward R. Madigan Illinoismarker March 8, 1991 January 20, 1993
25 Mike Espy Mississippimarker January 22, 1993 December 31, 1994 Bill Clinton
26 Daniel R. Glickman Kansasmarker March 30, 1995 January 19, 2001
27 Ann M. Veneman Californiamarker January 20, 2001 January 20, 2005 George W. Bush
28 Michael O. Johanns Nebraskamarker January 21, 2005 September 20, 2007
29 Ed Schafer North Dakotamarker January 28,2008 January 20, 2009
30 Tom Vilsack Iowamarker January 20, 2009 present Barack Obama


Living Former Secretaries of Agriculture



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