WASHINGTON — A confirmation hearing for former Gov. Tom Vilsack has been set by the Senate Agriculture Committee for Jan. 14, according to the American Meat Institute. Mr. Vilsack was announced as President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to fill the post of Secretary of Agriculture in December.

Mr. Vilsack is expected to face a variety of questions about his opinions regarding biofuels, farm programs, subsidy eligibility rules, conservation and nutrition, the A.M.I. said.

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