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Monday, January 11, 2010

Bleeding Heartland: One of the "sustainable dozen" will replace John Norris at USDA

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

I was pleased to read in the Sunday Des Moines Register that the new
chief of staff for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will be
Karen Ross, former head of the California Association of Winegrape
Growers. Ross was one of the "sustainable dozen" candidates that Food
Democracy Now recommended for under-secretary positions at the U.S.
Department of Agriculture. Last January Food Democracy Now told its
supporters that Ross was getting serious consideration for a USDA
post. It's encouraging to know that a voice for family farmers and
sustainable practices will be running Vilsack's office. In
recommending Ross for an under-secretary position at the USDA, Michael
Dimock of Roots of Change wrote more than a year ago. ... Ross will
replace John Norris, who did not come from an agriculture background
but had worked closely with Vilsack for years in Iowa.


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