President-elect Donald Trump has picked all his Cabinet secretaries except the one for agriculture, a job that Democrat Tom Vilsack resigned Friday. Vilsack's email to employees "did not say why he was leaving early," The Associated Press reports. "He has said he wants to remain involved with agriculture after leaving government, but has not detailed those plans."
Michael Scuse, undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services, is acting secretary, but with no permanent successor named, "Some in farm country are worried that agriculture may be a low priority for the new administration," though "Rural voters were key to delivering him the presidency," AP reports.
Vilsack, noting he was confirmed on Obama's first day in office, said his successor "will be at a tremendous disadvantage, in terms of getting up to speed on all this department does." White House Press Secretary-designate Sean Spicer told reporters Friday that Trump had given the USDA job the same attention as other Cabinet jobs and would make a decision in the near future.