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United States
Secretary of Agriculture
US-DeptOfAgriculture-Seal2.svg
Official Seal
Incumbent
Tom Vilsack

since 20 January 2009
Formation 15 February 1889
Succession Ninth
Website www.usda.gov

The United States Secretary of Agriculture is the head of the United States Department of Agriculture. The current secretary is Tom Vilsack, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on 20 January 2009. [1] The position carries similar responsibilities to those of agriculture ministers in other governments.

The department includes several organizations. The 297,000 mi2 (770,000 km²) of national forests and grasslands are managed by the United States Forest Service.[2] 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.[3] The Food Stamp Program works with the states to provide food to low-income people.[4] Advice for farmers and gardeners is provided by the United States Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.[5]

The line of succession for the Secretary of Agriculture is as follows:[6]

  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

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Secretaries of Agriculture

# Image Secretary of Agriculture[7] State of Residence Took office Left office President(s) served under
1 NJColman.jpg Norman Jay Coleman Missouri February 15, 1889 March 6, 1889 Grover Cleveland
2 Jeremiah McLain Rusk - Brady-Handy.jpg Jeremiah M. Rusk Wisconsin March 6, 1889 March 6, 1893 Benjamin Harrison
3 JSMorton.jpg J. Sterling Morton Nebraska March 7, 1893 March 5, 1897 Grover Cleveland
4 James Wilson(U.S. politician)-seated.jpg James Wilson Iowa March 5, 1897 March 3, 1913 William McKinley,
Theodore Roosevelt,
William Taft
5 DFHouston.jpg David F. Houston Missouri March 6, 1913 February 2, 1920 Woodrow Wilson
6 Edwin Meredith.gif Edwin T. Meredith Iowa February 2, 1920 March 4, 1921
7 Henry Cantwell Wallace.jpg Henry C. Wallace Iowa March 5, 1921 October 25, 1924 Warren Harding,
Calvin Coolidge
8 Howard Mason Gore.jpg Howard M. Gore West Virginia November 22, 1924 March 4, 1925 Calvin Coolidge
9 William Marion Jardine.jpg William M. Jardine Kansas March 5, 1925 March 4, 1929
10 Arthur M. Hyde.jpg Arthur M. Hyde Missouri March 6, 1929 March 4, 1933 Herbert Hoover
11 Henry-A.-Wallace-Townsend.jpeg Henry A. Wallace Iowa March 4, 1933 September 4, 1940 Franklin Roosevelt
12 CRW2.jpg Claude R. Wickard Indiana September 5, 1940 June 29, 1945 Franklin Roosevelt,
Harry Truman
13 Clinton Presba Anderson.jpg Clinton P. Anderson New Mexico June 30, 1945 May 10, 1948 Harry Truman
14 Charles F. Brannan.jpg Charles F. Brannan Colorado June 2, 1948 January 20, 1953
15 Ezra Taft Benson - USDA portrait.gif Ezra Taft Benson Idaho January 21, 1953 January 20, 1961 Dwight Eisenhower
16 OrvilleFreemanOfficialOil.jpg Orville L. Freeman Minnesota January 21, 1961 January 20, 1969 John Kennedy,
Lyndon Johnson
17 Clifford Morris Hardin - USDA portrait.png Clifford M. Hardin Nebraska January 21, 1969 November 17, 1971 Richard Nixon
18 Earl L. Butz.jpg Earl L. Butz Indiana December 2, 1971 October 4, 1976 Richard Nixon,
Gerald Ford
19 John Albert Knebel - USDA portrait.png John A. Knebel Oklahoma November 4, 1976 January 20, 1977 Gerald Ford
20 BobBergland.jpg Robert S. Bergland Minnesota January 23, 1977 January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
21 John Block.jpg John R. Block Illinois January 23, 1981 February 14, 1986 Ronald Reagan
22 Richard Edmund Lyng - USDA portrait.png Richard E. Lyng California March 7, 1986 January 21, 1989
23 Clayton Keith Yeutter, 1990-04-24.jpg Clayton K. Yeutter Nebraska February 16, 1989 March 1, 1991 George H. W. Bush
24 Edward Rell Madigan - USDA portrait.png Edward R. Madigan Illinois March 8, 1991 January 20, 1993
25 Mike Espy.jpg Mike Espy Mississippi January 22, 1993 December 31, 1994 Bill Clinton
26 Dan glickman.jpg Daniel R. Glickman Kansas March 30, 1995 January 19, 2001
27 Ann Veneman.jpg Ann M. Veneman California January 20, 2001 January 20, 2005 George W. Bush
28 Johanns-100.jpg Michael O. Johanns Nebraska January 21, 2005 September 20, 2007
29 SchaferEd-official.jpg Ed Schafer North Dakota January 28,2008 January 20, 2009
30 Tom Vilsack, official USDA photo portrait.jpg Tom Vilsack Iowa January 20, 2009 present Barack Obama

Living Former Secretaries of Agriculture

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References

United States presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Secretary of the Interior
9th in line Succeeded by
Secretary of Commerce
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Simple English

United States
Secretary of Agriculture of
Incumbent
Edward T. Schafer

since January 28, 2008
Formation February 15, 1889
Succession Ninth
Website www.usda.gov

The United States Secretary of Agriculture is the head of the United States Department of Agriculture. The current secretary is Edward T. Schafer, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become Secretary of Agriculture on January 28, 2008[1]. The position carries similar responsibilities to agriculture ministers of other governments.

Secretaries of Agriculture[2]

# Secretary of Agriculture State of Residence Term of Office President(s) served under
1 Norman Jay Coleman Missouri February 15, 1889 - March 6, 1889 Grover Cleveland
2 Jeremiah M. Rusk Wisconsin March 6, 1889 - March 6, 1893 Benjamin Harrison
3 J. Sterling Morton Nebraska March 7, 1893 - March 5, 1897 Grover Cleveland
4 James Wilson Iowa March 6, 1897 - March 5, 1913 William McKinley,
Theodore Roosevelt,
William Taft
5 David F. Houston Missouri March 6, 1913 - February 2, 1920 Woodrow Wilson
6 Edwin T. Meredith Iowa February 2, 1920 - March 4, 1921
7 Henry C. Wallace Iowa March 5, 1921 - October 25, 1924 Warren Harding,
Calvin Coolidge
8 Howard M. Gore West Virginia November 22, 1924 - March 4, 1925 Calvin Coolidge
9 William M. Jardine Kansas March 5, 1925 - March 4, 1929
10 Arthur M. Hyde Missouri March 6, 1929 - March 4, 1933 Herbert Hoover
11 Henry A. Wallace Iowa March 4, 1933 - September 4, 1940 Franklin Roosevelt
12 Claude R. Wickard Indiana September 5, 1940 - June 29, 1945 Franklin Roosevelt,
Harry Truman
13 Clinton P. Anderson New Mexico June 30, 1945 - May 10, 1948 Harry Truman
14 Charles F. Brannan Colorado June 2, 1948 - January 20, 1953
15 Ezra Taft Benson Idaho January 21, 1953 - January 20, 1961 Dwight Eisenhower
16 Orville L. Freeman Minnesota January 21, 1961 - January 20, 1969 John Kennedy,
Lyndon Johnson
17 Clifford M. Hardin Nebraska January 21, 1969 - November 17, 1971 Richard Nixon
18 Earl L. Butz Indiana December 2, 1971 - October 4, 1976 Richard Nixon,
Gerald Ford
19 John A. Knebel Oklahoma November 4, 1976 - January 20, 1977 Gerald Ford
20 Robert S. Bergland Minnesota January 23, 1977 - January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
21 John R. Block Illinois January 23, 1981 - February 14, 1986 Ronald Reagan
22 Richard E. Lyng California March 7, 1986 - January 21, 1989
23 Clayton K. Yeutter Nebraska February 16, 1989 - March 1, 1991 George H. W. Bush
24 Edward R. Madigan Illinois March 8, 1991 - January 20, 1993
25 Alphonso Michael "Mike" Espy Mississippi January 22, 1993 - December 31, 1994 Bill Clinton
26 Daniel R. Glickman Kansas March 30, 1995 - January 19, 2001
27 Ann M. Veneman California January 20, 2001 - January 20, 2005 George W. Bush
28 Michael O. Johanns Nebraska January 21, 2005 - September 20, 2007
29 Edward T. Schafer North Dakota January 28, 2008 - present

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