President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced plans to appoint Jenny Lester Moffitt, a California agriculture official and organic nut grower, to a position that would place her in charge of administering marketing and animal health efforts and plant from the Department of Agriculture.
If confirmed as Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Moffitt would be responsible for leading the USDA mission area which includes the Agricultural Marketing Department, which oversees organic programs and other valuable efforts. added, and the animal and plant health inspection service.
In a statement, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said Moffitt’s appointment “demonstrates that the USDA is committed to putting the perspective of our growers at the heart of what we do.”
“Jenny says growing up and working on the farm has reinforced the importance of taking care of the land and the people who cultivate it,” said Vilsack. “If confirmed, Jenny will join a mission area that aims to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of American agricultural products, ensure the health and care of animals and plants, and set national and international standards – all tasks to which it is well suited. to take charge. “
Moffitt is currently Undersecretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, a position she has held since February 2018. The position, the department’s second role, included her climate leadership efforts on behalf of of the CDFA. In 2015, she was Deputy Secretary of the CDFA.
Prior to joining CDFA, Moffitt ran his family’s organic nut farm and processing in Winters, California.
She served on the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and also worked for the American Farmland Trust where she was an Education, Outreach and Research Specialist as well as a Projects Specialist. land.
Moffitt joins Robert Bonnie as the only other Under Secretary choice to be announced. Bonnie, currently Vilsack’s chief climate advisor, has been appointed as the next Undersecretary for Agricultural Production and Conservation, a mission area comprising the Agricultural Services Agency, the Risk Management Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Updated story to include the Vilsack statement.
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