USDA'S CROSS RESIGNS

WASHINGTON -- H. Russell Cross, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, has said he plans to resign to return to academia. The resignation comes before the expiration of his contract in February.Cross's departure is almost immediately on the heels of the resignation of C. Eugene Branstool, assistant secretary of agriculture in charge of marketing and

WASHINGTON -- H. Russell Cross, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, has said he plans to resign to return to academia. The resignation comes before the expiration of his contract in February.

Cross's departure is almost immediately on the heels of the resignation of C. Eugene Branstool, assistant secretary of agriculture in charge of marketing and inspection services, spurring speculation of discord at the agency.

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