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WASHINGTON– U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney will lead a trade mission to Guangzhou and Shenzhen, China, May 21-May 25, accompanied by a diverse delegation of agribusiness and state government leaders looking to establish new business connections in southern China.

Southern China is a major import hub and a growing market for U.S. agricultural exports, which already average $8 billion annually. Consumers in the region have an affinity for U.S. products, and demand for many consumer-oriented goods – from bakery ingredients to fresh fruits to alcoholic beverages – is on the rise.

Mission participants will connect with potential customers and take part in site visits to learn more about doing business in southern China. In-country staff from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service will help arrange meetings between U.S. delegates and representatives of Chinese companies in Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Mission participants include leaders from the Idaho, Nebraska and Virginia departments of agriculture, as well as representatives from the following companies and organizations:

1. Alltech, Nicholasville, Ky.
2. Anderson Northwest, LLC, Valleyford, Wash.
3. Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, Inc., Milwaukie, Ore.
4. Black River Commodities LLC, Pocahontas, Ark.
5. Bridgepathway, Jericho, N.Y. 
6. Commercial Lynks, Inc., Alexandria, Va.
7. Crescent Dairy and Beverages, LLC, Walterboro, S.C.
8. Ginseng & Herb Co-op, Marathon, Wis.
9. Heller Good Foods, Hayfork, Calif.
10. Hudson Valley Fish Farms, Inc., Hudson, N.Y.
11. Inkrumah Agriculture, Export, & Food Services, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.
12. Kizable Kandy, LLC, Clearwater, Fla.
13. Laurel Springs Farm, Marion, Va.
14. Livestock Exporters Association of the USA, Chicago, Ill.
15. Nargo Industries USA, Inc., San Ramon, Calif.
16. National Swine Registry, West Lafayette, Ind. 
17. Quatrefoil Skincare, LLC, Madison, Wis.
18. Seven Hills Food Co., Lynchburg, Va.
19. Shaffer Genetics, Albany, Ind.
20. That Crazy Bee Guy!, Springfield, Ohio
21. United Global Enterprises, LLC, Marietta, Ga.
22. United Global Trading, Dallas, Texas
23. USA Rice, Arlington, Va.
24. U.S. Soybean Export Council, Chesterfield, Mo.
25. Western United States Agricultural Trade Association, Vancouver, Wash.

Learn more about upcoming USDA trade missions and how they open doors and deliver results for U.S. exporters by visiting https://www.fas.usda.gov/topics/trade-missions and following FAS on Twitter @USDAForeignAg.

OMAHA (DTN) — Farmers continued to put the pedal to the metal last week, pushing planting progress ahead another 23 percentage points and nearly catching up to the five-year average pace, according to the USDA National Ag Statistics Service weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.

Listen to the report here: http://post.futurimedia.com/krvnam/playlist/5-14-crop-progress-report-4163.html

NASS estimated that 62% of corn was planted as of Sunday, May 13, up from 39% the previous week. Last week’s planting progress lagged the five-year average pace of 63% by only 1 percentage point.

Farmers made the most progress in Minnesota where planting jumped a whopping 31 percentage points from 9% the previous week to 40% complete as of Sunday. South Dakota was the furthest behind last week with 21% of corn planted, 40 percentage points behind the five-year average of 61%. Illinois and Indiana were the furthest ahead of average with Illinois’ corn crop 90% planted, 20 percentage points ahead of average, and Indiana’s crop 73% planted, 21 percentage points ahead of average.

Corn emergence, at 28% Sunday, moved to slightly ahead of the average pace of 27%.

Meanwhile, soybean planting moved further ahead of the average pace. Thirty-five percent of the crop was planted as of Sunday, according to NASS, 9 percentage points ahead of the average of 26%. Ten percent of soybeans were emerged, ahead of 7% last year and also ahead of the average of 6%.

Winter wheat was 45% headed, behind last year’s 61% and also behind the average of 53%. Winter wheat condition improved again slightly last week to 36% good to excellent, up 2 percentage points from the previous week’s rating of 34% good to excellent.

Spring wheat was 58% planted as of Sunday, behind the average pace of 67%. Fourteen percent of the crop was emerged, well behind the five-year average of 36%.

Cotton was 36% planted as of Sunday, compared to 20% last week, 31% last year and a 31% average. Rice was 83% planted, compared to 68% last week, 82% last year and 80% on average. Sixty-one percent of the crop was emerged, compared to 44% last week, 72% last year and a 63% average.

Sorghum was 32% planted as of Sunday, compared to 29% last week, 32% last year and a 33% average.

Barley was 62% planted, behind the average pace 74%. Twenty-one percent of the crop was emerged as of Sunday, compared to an average of 45%. Oats were 72% planted, compared to 56% last week, 89% last year and a 84% average. Forty-eight percent of oats were emerged, compared to 34% last week, 70% last year and a 66% average.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Planted 62 39 68 63
Corn Emerged 28 8 29 27
Soybeans Planted 35 15 29 26
Soybeans Emerged 10 NA 7 6
Cotton Planted 36 20 31 31
Sorghum Planted 32 29 32 33
Spring Wheat Planted 58 30 75 67
Spring Wheat Emerged 14 4 37 36
Winter Wheat Headed 45 33 61 53
Barley Planted 62 42 74 74
Barley Emerged 21 13 40 45
Oats Planted 72 56 89 84
Oats Emerged 48 34 70 66
Rice Planted 83 68 82 80
Rice Emerged 61 44 72 63

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National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
VP P F G E VP P F G E VP P F G E
Winter Wheat 14 22 28 29 7 16 21 29 27 7 5 12 32 43 8

 

Read the full report at: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1048

(Washington, D.C., ) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today the appointment of Richard Fordyce to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA). In his role, Fordyce will provide leadership for FSA and its mission to support agricultural production across America through a network of over 2,100 county and 50 state offices.

“As a fourth-generation farmer, Richard brings firsthand knowledge and experience to this role,” Secretary Sonny Perdue said. “I am confident that he will continue to help USDA become the most efficient, effective customer focused agency in the federal government as he leads this customer focused mission area.”

Richard Fordyce most recently served as State Executive Director for FSA in Missouri. Prior to his appointment by the Trump Administration, Fordyce served as the director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture from 2013 to 2017. In 2015, Fordyce was awarded the Missouri Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award and the Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow Alumnus of the Year. He and his wife, Renee, have two children and grow soybeans, corn and beef cattle on the family farm.

WASHINGTON (DTN) — One of the first looks at the 2018-19 crop production projects the U.S. corn crop at 14.04 billion bushels with an average yield of 174 bushels per acre.

The May World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) offers the first forecasts for crop production and ending stocks for the 2018-19 marketing year.

Soybean production is projected at 4.28 billion bushels with an average yield of 48.5 bushels an acre.

Crop Production: https://www.nass.usda.gov/…

World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE): http://www.usda.gov/…

CORN

Production for 2018-19 is pegged at 14.04 billion bushels with ending stocks forecast at 1.682 billion bushels, down 500 million bushels from the 2017-18 crop.

Old-crop ending stocks for corn are unchanged from the April forecast at 2.18 billion bushels.

Brazil’s corn crop was pegged at 87 million metric tons, down 5 mmt from April’s projection.

SOYBEANS

USDA projects the 2018-19 soybean crop at 4.28 billion bushels, down 112 million bushels from the 2017-18 crop year. Soybean new-crop ending stocks are pegged at 415 million bushels.

Old-crop ending stocks are projected at 530 million bushels, down 20 million bushels from last month’s projection.

USDA bumped up Brazil’s soybean production to 117 million metric tons, up 2 mmt from the April report. Argentina’s production was dropped again to 39 mmt, down 1 mmt from April.

WHEAT

All winter wheat is projected at 1.19 billion bushels, down 6% from a year ago. The winter wheat yield is projected at 48.1 bushels per acre, down 2.1 bushels from last year.

Hard red winter wheat is projected at 647 million bushels, slightly above the pre-report average estimate. Hard red winter wheat production is forecast to be down 14% from last year’s crop. Soft red winter wheat is projected at 315 million bushels, up 8% from a year ago. White winter wheat is projected at 229 million bushels.

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Editor’s Note: Join DTN Analyst Todd Hultman at 12 p.m. CDT Thursday as he looks at USDA’s “initial” estimates for the 2018-2019 crops as well as changes to old-crop supply and demand tables. To register, visit https://dtn.webex.com/….

May Average High Low April 2016-17
Corn 2,182 2,178 2,208 2,132 2,182 2,293
Soybeans 530 541 565 490 550 302
Grain Sorghum 29 30 32 28 29 33
Wheat 1,070 1,067 1,090 941 1,064 1,181
2018-19 U.S. ENDING STOCKS (Million Bushels)
May Average High Low Outlook
Corn 1,682 1,631 1,907 1,467 2,272
Soybeans 415 549 715 336 460
Wheat 955 923 1,005 780 931
2018-19 U.S. PRODUCTION (Million Bushels)
May Average High Low Outlook 2017
Corn 14,040 14,091 14,604 13,921 14,390 14,604
Soybeans 4,280 4,311 4,430 4,248 4,320 4,392
2018-19 WINTER WHEAT PRODUCTION (Billion Bushels)
May Average High Low Outlook 2017-18
All Wheat 1,821 1,757 1,832 1,612 1,839 1,741
All Winter Wheat 1,192 1,180 1,304 1,062 NA 1,269
HRW 647 644 797 540 NA 750
SRW 315 306 330 218 NA 292
White 229 230 260 201 NA 227
2017-18 WORLD ENDING STOCKS (million metric tons)
May Avg. High Low April 2016-17
Corn 194.85 195.20 198.00 192.20 197.78 230.90
Soybeans 92.16 90.00 91.00 88.50 90.80 96.72
Wheat 270.46 271.30 273.40 268.50 271.22 254.60
2018-19 WORLD ENDING STOCKS (million metric tons)
May Avg. High Low
Corn 159.15 182.00 192.50 148.70
Soybeans 86.70 91.10 97.00 75.50
Wheat 264.33 267.70 278.70 260.00
WORLD PRODUCTION (Million Metric Tons) 2017-2018
May Avg. High Low April 2016-17
Corn
Brazil corn 87.0 88.2 91.0 83.9 92.0 98.5
Argentina corn 33.0 32.1 33.0 31.0 33.0 41.0
Soybeans
Brazil soybeans 117.0 116.6 119.0 115.0 115.0 114.1
Argentina soybeans 39.0 38.6 40.0 37.0 40.0 57.8
2017-18 2016-17
Wheat May Apr May Apr
European Union 151.58 151.60 145.37 145.25
FSU – 12 142.20 142.77 130.09 130.47

OMAHA (DTN) — Corn planting progress jumped 12 percentage points again last week and narrowed the gap between this year’s progress and the five-year average pace, according to the USDA National Ag Statistics Service weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.

 

Listen to the report here: http://post.futurimedia.com/krvnam/playlist/futures-one-usda-crop-progress-report-5-7-4108.html

NASS estimated that 39% of corn was planted as of Sunday, May 6, up from 17% the previous week. Last week’s planting progress lagged the five-year average pace by only 5 percentage points compared to the previous week when planting lagged 10 percentage points behind average. Compared to five-year average paces, Minnesota was the most delayed at 9% versus a five-year average of 44% corn planted for this time of year, noted DTN Analyst Todd Hultman.

Corn emergence, at 8% on Sunday, was running 6 percentage points behind last year’s 14% and the five-year average pace of 14%.

Meanwhile, soybean planting moved ahead of the average pace. Fifteen percent of the crop was planted as of Sunday, according to NASS, 2 percentage points ahead of the average of 13%.

Winter wheat was 33% headed, behind last year’s 49% and also behind the average of 41%. Winter wheat condition improved slightly last week to 34% good to excellent, up 1 percentage point from the previous week’s rating of 33% good to excellent.

Winter wheat’s current condition rating is the lowest since 2014. The same is true for DTN’s winter wheat condition index at 51, Hultman said.

Spring wheat was 30% planted as of Sunday, well behind the average pace of 51%. Only 4% of the crop was emerged, also well behind the five-year average of 22%.

“Spring wheat planting is fine in the Pacific Northwest and made better progress in the Northern Plains last week,” Hultman said. “Montana is the furthest behind at 24% versus the five-year average of 54%.”

Cotton was 20% planted as of Sunday, compared to 12% last week, 20% last year and a 20% average. Rice was 68% planted, compared to 55% last week, 76% last year and 69% on average. Forty-four percent of the crop was emerged, compared to 29% last week, 64% last year and a 50% average.

Sorghum was 29% planted as of Sunday, compared to 26% last week, 30% last year and a 29% average.

Barley was 42% planted, behind the average pace 59%. Thirteen percent of the crop was emerged as of Sunday, compared to an average of 30%. Oats were 56% planted, compared to 39% last week, 77% last year and a 74% average. Thirty-four percent of oats were emerged, compared to 29% last week, 57% last year and a 54% average.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Planted 39 17 45 44
Corn Emerged 8 3 14 14
Soybeans Planted 15 5 13 13
Cotton Planted 20 12 20 20
Sorghum Planted 29 26 30 29
Spring Wheat Planted 30 10 51 51
Spring Wheat Emerged 4 NA 19 22
Winter Wheat Headed 33 19 49 41
Barley Planted 42 26 50 59
Barley Emerged 13 7 24 30
Oats Planted 56 39 77 74
Oats Emerged 34 29 57 54
Rice Planted 68 55 76 69
Rice Emerged 44 29 64 50

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National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
VP P F G E VP P F G E VP P F G E
Winter Wheat 16 21 29 27 7 16 21 30 26 7 4 11 32 43 10

 

Find the full report at: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1048

(Washington, D.C., April 25, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue commemorated his first year at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today by releasing a new interactive website and video. In his first year, Secretary Perdue and the USDA team made breakthroughs in agricultural trade, moved to reduce burdensome regulations, responded to natural disasters, and battled through the worst fire season on record, among other notable achievements. The website and video capture some of those achievements and more.

You may click HERE or on the image below to explore the website.

Audio of the report: http://post.futurimedia.com/krvnam/playlist/futures-one-usda-crop-progress-report-3994.html

OMAHA (DTN) — Soybean planting is on an average pace nationwide, but corn planting remains well behind average in the week ended April 22, according to USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service’s weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.

Soybeans are 2% planted, compared to 5% last year and a 2% average. Corn planting is 5% complete, compared to 3% last week, 15% last year and a 15% average.

Winter wheat is 13% headed, compared to 9% last week, 30% last year and a 19% average. Winter wheat condition improved slightly to 6% excellent, compared to 5% last week.

Spring wheat is 3% planted, equal to last week. Last year the crop was 21% planted at this time, compared to a 25% average.

Barley is 11% planted, compared to 7% last week, 25% last year and a 33% average. Two percent of the crop is emerged, compared to 6% last year and an 8% average.

Cotton is 9% planted, compared to 8% last week, 11% last year and a 10% average. Rice is 49% planted, compared to 32% last week, 67% last year and 46% on average. Twenty-one percent of the crop is emerged, compared to 15% last week, 42% last year and a 27% average.

Sorghum is 24% planted, compared to 20% last week, 24% last year and a 23% average.

Oats are 31% planted, compared to 29% last week, 55% last year and a 55% average. Twenty-six percent of the crop is emerged, compared to 26% last week, 36% last year and a 35% average.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Planted 5 3 15 15
Soybeans Planted 2 5 2
Cotton Planted 9 8 11 10
Sorghum Planted 24 20 24 23
Spring Wheat Planted 3 3 21 25
Winter Wheat Headed 13 9 30 19
Barley Planted 11 7 25 33
Barley Emerged 2 6 8
Oats Planted 31 29 55 55
Oats Emerged 26 26 36 35
Rice Planted 49 32 67 46
Rice Emerged 21 15 42 27

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National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
VP P F G E VP P F G E VP P F G E
Winter Wheat 15 22 32 25 6 15 22 32 26 5 3 10 33 45 9

 

See the entire report at: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1048

Washington, D.C.,  – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the selection of senior leaders in several U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies. Perdue appointed Ken Isley as Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator, Joel Baxley as Rural Housing Service (RHS) Administrator, and Martin Barbre as Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator. In addition, Perdue announced the appointment of Tommie Williams as Minister-Counselor for Agriculture at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.

“President Trump has made increasing prosperity in rural America a priority for his administration, and our new USDA team members will be key in advancing us toward that goal,” Secretary Perdue said.  “Improving economic conditions in rural America involves providing services to farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers, and it also means helping people who live in those communities.  In addition, we must continually try to find new markets for the agricultural bounty they produce.  Our new leaders in FAS, RHS, and RMA will help us carry out our mission.”

Ken Isley, FAS Administrator

Ken Isley most recently served as Special Adviser for Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont. For the previous five years, he served as Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of Dow AgroSciences, and was a member of Dow AgroSciences’ Corporate Management Committee.  Isley was also Associate General Counsel of Dow, with oversight of Dow’s Latin America Legal group. He spent nearly 29 years of service at Dow, beginning his career with the firm in 1989.  Isley is a member of the Indiana Bar Association, Michigan Bar Association (inactive), and the American Corporate Counsel Association.

Joel Baxley, RHS Administrator

Joel Baxley comes to USDA with 23 years of real estate finance experience, including 13 years providing valuations of complex property types. He most recently served as the Consulting Services Director and the senior real estate technical consultant with RSM US LLP’s Financial Advisory Services consulting practice. Baxley holds an undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Alabama and two post-graduate degrees from the University of Oxford.

Martin Barbre, RMA Administrator

Martin Barbre owns and operates Chestin Farms and grows 6,000 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum, and alfalfa, as well as specialty crops.  He is a past president of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board and a member of the Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA), having served on the board of directors from 1995 to 2006.  Barbre served as vice president of the ICGA in 2003 and president in 2004.  He graduated from Southeastern Illinois College in 1974 with a degree in Ag Business.

Tommie Williams, Minister-Counselor for Agriculture, U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome

Tommie Williams began his career as an onion farmer in Toombs County, Georgia and later founded several successful businesses, including marketing native pine straw and growing olives on a 30-acre farm.  He has worked in Italy, China, Belize, and Israel.  Williams was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1998, eventually rising to the ranks of Majority Leader and President Pro Tempore before retiring in 2006.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Education from Georgia Southern University.

WASHINGTON –Today, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), joined Agriculture Committee members U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to urge the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to review the proposed purchase of National Beef Packing Co. by a Brazilian meat company.

“The security, safety, and resiliency of our food system is integral to the overall security of our nation,“ wrote the Senators. “In light of recent acquisitions of U.S. food and agriculture companies such as Smithfield by Shuanghui in 2013 and the acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina in 2016, it has become increasingly clear that growing foreign investment in U.S. agriculture requires a thorough review process to safeguard the American food system.“

On April 9, Brazil’s Marfrig Global Foods SA announced its intent to purchase a majority stake in the Missouri-based National Beef Packing Co., which is the fourth largest processor of U.S. beef. The proposed aquisition follows a 2017 corruption scandal in Brazil’s food safety system that revealed unacceptable safety and quality issues with Brazilian beef intended for the American market, including shipments from Marfrig. These issues ultimately resulted in the U.S. completely halting imports of fresh beef from Brazil.

The Senators also asked the Treasury Department to include both the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in CFIUS reviews of foreign acquisitions of major U.S. agriculture assets. Despite the growing trend of outside investment in the U.S. food system, the USDA and FDA do not have formal representation on CFIUS. Last year, Grassley and Stabenow introduced the Food Security is National Security Act of 2017 to give top U.S. agriculture and food officials permanent participation in these reviews.

The full text of the letter is below. A PDF of the letter is available here.

The Honorable Steven Mnuchin

Secretary of the Treasury

U.S. Department of the Treasury

1500 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20220

Dear Secretary Mnuchin:

As members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, we write to you regarding the proposed purchase of a majority stake in National Beef Packing Co. LLC, a beef processing company based in Kansas City, Missouri and the fourth largest beef processor in the United States, by Marfrig Global Foods SA, a Brazilian meat processing and distribution company.

The security, safety, and resiliency of our food system is integral to the overall security of our nation. In light of recent acquisitions of U.S. food and agriculture companies such as Smithfield by Shuanghui in 2013 and the acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina in 2016, it has become increasingly clear that growing foreign investment in U.S. agriculture requires a thorough review process to safeguard the American food system.

As such, we respectfully request that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), chaired by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, exercise its authority to review this transaction to assess any potential ramifications the transaction may have on the security and safety of our food supply, and by extension, our nation. Other recent acquisitions of U.S. food and agriculture companies have undergone similar reviews by CFIUS.

While this Committee has not reached any conclusions regarding the proposed purchase of National Beef by Marfrig, any foreign acquisition of an important U.S. agricultural asset should be reviewed closely for potential risks to our food system.  For instance, we are concerned that this proposed transaction comes following the 2017 corruption scandal in Brazil’s food safety system that revealed unacceptable safety and quality issues with Brazilian beef intended for the American market, including shipments from Marfrig.  These issues ultimately resulted in the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service completely halting imports of fresh beef products from Brazil in June 2017.

Additionally, CFIUS does not formally include the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in its current review process. As USDA and FDA are the primary divisions of the federal government tasked with overseeing our food and agriculture sectors, we ask that you include representation from these departments in reviewing this foreign investment and any other transactions involving critical U.S. agricultural assets.

The increasing trend of foreign investment in our food system should be met with careful scrutiny from the relevant experts in order to safeguard the security of our nation’s food supply.

Thank you for your consideration and your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member

Charles E. Grassley, United States Senator

Sherrod Brown, United States Senator

Joni K. Ernst, United States Senator

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded President Donald J. Trump’s selection of James Hubbard to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment. Following the announcement, Secretary Perdue issued the following statement:

“I am very excited by the selection of Jim Hubbard for this leadership role at USDA. Congress passed and President Trump signed into law meaningful reforms and forest management tools that will help us better maintain our national forests. Under Jim Hubbard’s leadership, we will put these tools to use, restore our forests to health, and get them back to work for the taxpayers. Jim’s service with the Forest Service and the Department of Interior makes him exceptionally qualified for this post, and I am eager to have Jim join the team.

“At the same time, there are several other qualified USDA nominees still awaiting Senate confirmation. I urge the Senate to take up these nominations as quickly as possible.”