Food and fire among the Ag secretary’s biggest concerns

Feb 25, 2014

As U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack is in charge of a lot more than the nation's food policy. His agency also oversees management of our national forests, and as a member of the Cabinet, he advises the president on everything from the farm bill - to the impacts of climate change.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

In this feature interview, Vilsack talks with News Director Sally Mauk about those issues and more - starting with why he thinks the Affordable Care Act is a good deal for rural Americans.

"We have to stop paying to fight fires from our general operating budget...and begin treating forest fires as we do tornadoes, floods and other natural disasters."