Vilsack with milk mustache and Redskins football players USDA
Tom Vilsack will continue to do a lot of milk promotion in his new role as president and CEO of U.S. Dairy Export Council. Pictured he is with National Football League Washington Redskins wide receiver Malcolm Kelly (left) and safety Reed Doughty (right) displaying their milk mustaches at a 2010 promotion event.

Building exports priority No. 1 for Vilsack at USDEC

Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discusses his goals as he plans to embark on his new role as CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

Dairy farmers see the announcement that former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will be leading the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) as a “shot in the arm and shot of hope” for a struggling dairy industry, according to Tom Gallagher, chief executive officer of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), the umbrella organization that represents the broad interests of U.S. dairy and that founded USDEC in 1995.

Gallagher hosted a media call Tuesday morning shortly after the news becam

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