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Vilsack as ag secretary, Salazar for interior praised

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Former Iowa Gov. Thomas Vilsack was named Wednesday as President-elect Barack Obama's secretary of agriculture.

As head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Vilsack is expected to carry Obama's campaign pledge to cut commodity subsidies to wealthy farmers and non-farmers.

"I congratulate former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack on his nomination for secretary of agriculture," U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson said Wednesday.

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