Secretary, US Department of Agriculture
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Ray Suarez joined The NewsHour in October 1999 as a Washington-based Senior Correspondent. Suarez came to The NewsHour from NPR where he had been host of the nationwide, call-in news program "Talk of the Nation" since 1993. Prior to that, he spent seven years covering local and national stories for the NBC-owned station, WMAQ-TV in Chicago.
Tom Vilsack serves as the Nation's 30th Secretary of Agriculture.
As leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Vilsack is working hard to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for the tremendous innovation of rural America.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discusses the causes and implications of the increasingly severe forest fires and floods in the United States over the last several years. Vilsack cites budgetary flaws and climate change-related issues as conducive to extreme forest fires and other natural disasters.