The news administration of President-elect Barrack Obama is taking shape as several of his choices for cabinet and staff positions have been announced. Of course, in the agriculture sector, several appointments of interest have yet to be named.

Among them, of course, is the new USDA Agriculture Secretary. For now, speculation continues regarding potential candidates for that post. 

One individual often named as a possible nominee is former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack. However, he has said recently that he does not consider himself in contention for the position, according to an article in the Des Moines Register.

The article reports that Vilsack said Obama’s staff has never contacted him about the potential agriculture position. The article also notes that National Farmers Union President Tom Buis and Minnesota Representative Collin Peterson, who chairs the House Agriculture Committee, remain as possible candidates. However, sources report that Peterson has said he does not expect to be nominated for the agriculture post.

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