American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall today lauded the establishment of an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“Secretary Perdue’s action to create an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs is good news for farmers and ranchers, and assures that exports will receive daily attention at the USDA,” Duvall said. “We know that there are other, important changes coming to the department as part of a larger reorganization effort. We look forward to receiving and reviewing details of that plan, as well as the effect it will have on America’s farmers, ranchers and farm communities.
“It was clear throughout the secretary’s confirmation process that members of Congress – like the secretary himself – were eager to see him create the office of the undersecretary as required by the 2014 farm bill. Today’s announcement makes good on that commitment.”