U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Kentucky Becomes USDA "StrikeForce" State By Josh James • Jan 17, 2014 farmflavor.com U.S. Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack joined state leaders Friday to announce Kentucky's new status as a "StrikeForce" state. Top Obama Administration Official Visits UK By Alan Lytle • Jan 16, 2014 USA Today During a visit to UK, U-S Ag. Secy. Tom Vilsack said he remains hopeful that a long-delayed farm bill will eventually get passed by Congress.