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Report: Vilsack Nearly Resigned USDA Post in 2015
USAgNet - 09/28/2016

A report in the Washington Post this week noted that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack nearly resigned from his position late last year. The newspaper says the former Iowa governor told President Obama that he wanted to step down because he was frustrated with a culture in Washington that he said 'too often ignored rural America's struggles and dismissed its virtues.'

"I just sometimes think rural America is a forgotten place, he often said.

Vilsack also stated that the number of consequential issues crossing his desk had dwindled and that he literally nothing to do on some days.

The paper said Obama asked him to reconsider his decision and take over the responsibility of overseeing the administration's response to the opioid crisis that was ravaging rural America. The new assignment would force Vilsack to confront not only the immediate drug crisis in the country but also the frustrations and feelings of economic hopelessness that had allowed the epidemic to flourish.

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