Agriculture Secretary Colorado Visit (copy)

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack speaks during a visit to Wheat Ridge Poultry and Meats, a Colorado butcher shop and meat processor, in January 2022.

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As U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack prepares to deliver the commencement address at Thursday’s Utah State University graduation, a rumor about his arrest is being dispelled.

The USDA made a statement to Farm Journal on Monday saying there is no truth to claims spread online in recent days that the secretary was being held by the military on charges of treason in connection with recent fires at food-processing plants.