Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who this week became president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, told dairy industry leaders here today that they should call their Mexican customers and reassure them that they still want to do business with them. He also said that he left a 24-page memo for Sonny Perdue, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Agriculture secretary, and that he has spoken with Perdue.

Asked by The Hagstrom Report if he would follow former President Barack Obama and comment on Trump’s executive orders, Vilsack declined. But in his speech to the International Dairy Foods Association’s Dairy Forum, he told his new colleagues, “It is important to recognize that we all have an opportunity and a responsibility to reassure those we work with in Mexico that we will continue to work with them.”

Tom Vilsack, who was named president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council this week, speaks at the IDFA Dairy Forum in Orlando, Fla. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report.

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