The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has applauded the choice of former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Vilsack was nominated by President-Elect Barack Obama on Dec. 17 to be the 30th USDA secretary.

“Tom Vilsack knows production agriculture and the pork industry and will make a good secretary of agriculture,” says NPPC President Bryan Black, a Canal Winchester, OH, pork producer.

Vilsack was first elected Iowa governor in 1998. He won reelection in 2002. He chose not to run for a third term.

Currently, Vilsack is a legal counsel in the Des Moines, IA, office of the Minneapolis-based law firm Dorsey & Whitney.

The U.S. Senate is expected to consider Vilsack’s appointment when the 111th Congress convenes in January.