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Purdue Talks USDA Staffing Issues

(Tribune Broadcasting)

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was in Kansas City at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Trade Talk. Perdue addressed dozens of farm reporters from across the nation, but a reoccurring question hinged on not having a fully staffed USDA.

Senator Ted Cruz from Texas put a hold on Iowa Secretary Bill Northey to be Under Secretary until he can talk about the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona has put hold on the nomination of Gregg Doud to be the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Chief Agriculture Negotiator because of a controversial provision in NAFTA negotiations. Click here to read more.

Related: Nominee for USDA General Counsel Faces Dem Opposition (Agri-Pulse)