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.

Jacqui Fatka, Policy editor

January 17, 2017

3 Min Read
Building exports priority No. 1 for Vilsack at USDEC
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.USDA

About the Author(s)

Jacqui Fatka

Policy editor, Farm Futures

Jacqui Fatka grew up on a diversified livestock and grain farm in southwest Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications, with a minor in agriculture education, in 2003. She’s been writing for agricultural audiences ever since. In college, she interned with Wallaces Farmer and cultivated her love of ag policy during an internship with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, working in Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Capitol Hill press office. In 2003, she started full time for Farm Progress companies’ state and regional publications as the e-content editor, and became Farm Futures’ policy editor in 2004. A few years later, she began covering grain and biofuels markets for the weekly newspaper Feedstuffs. As the current policy editor for Farm Progress, she covers the ongoing developments in ag policy, trade, regulations and court rulings. Fatka also serves as the interim executive secretary-treasurer for the North American Agricultural Journalists. She lives on a small acreage in central Ohio with her husband and three children.

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