Coalition Urges Careful Selection of Ag Secretary

A coalition of food safety, science and consumer groups has urged President-elect Barack Obama to appoint a Secretary of Agriculture “who has had experience with or has been an advocate of the USDA’s nutrition, food safety, and conservation programs” and who “has had experience providing leadership to a large and diverse organization.”

WASHINGTON — A coalition of food safety, science and consumer groups has urged President-elect Barack Obama to appoint a Secretary of Agriculture “who has had experience with or has been an advocate of the USDA’s nutrition, food safety, and conservation programs” and who “has had experience providing leadership to a large and diverse organization.”

In a letter yesterday to the President-elect, the group asked that the appointee “embrace the diversity of programs administered by

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