In action on Wednesday, the entire Senate confirmed with a voice vote the appointment of Jenny Lester Moffitt as USDA’s Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. When he was appointed, Moffitt was under secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture and has the backing of more than 90 farm groups.
The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on Moffitt’s appointment on July 15, 2021 and voted to remove her from the committee with bipartisan support on July 26.
“Under Secretary Moffitt brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective as a farmer and policy maker,” said Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. “I look forward to working with her to help our farm families and food businesses along the supply chain recover from the pandemic, tackle the climate crisis, keep pests and diseases out. in the United States and prosper in the future. ”
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“Jenny Moffitt will bring the knowledge and experience she gained during her years of farming to USDA, where it will be used to oversee the department’s marketing and regulatory programs. I look forward to working with her to increase market opportunities for producers, and I believe she will work in good faith to exercise the regulatory authorities for which she will be responsible in a manner consistent with the intentions of Congress, ”adds ranking member John Boozman. , R-Arch.
Growing up and working on the farm, Moffitt learned first-hand the importance of taking care of the land and the people who cultivate it, the Biden administration said when announcing his appointment. Additionally, she served on the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board from 2012 to 2015 and worked for the American Farmland Trust from 2002 to 2005.
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In a letter of support regarding Moffitt’s appointment to Stabenow and Boozman, major farm groups say: Know the wide range of issues our members face on a daily basis. His leadership at the State of California level and ability to tackle a wide variety of challenges while engaging stakeholders is exactly the approach and leadership our industry needs in the marketing and regulatory program space. . “
“With his expertise on issues related to pest control, both his personal and professional experience and his experience in dealing with issues related to COVID-19, water quality or housing and farm worker safety, Ms. Moffit has a proven track record of always bringing in affected people. parties together to find a solution, ”note the groups.
Additional candidates advance
The Senate Agriculture Committee voted on Aug. 10 to advance former Rep. Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development and Robert Bonnie as Under Secretary for agricultural production and conservation.
“I am delighted that we are making progress in building Secretary Vilsack’s team,” Stabenow says. “Congresswoman Torres Small and Mr. Bonnie are incredibly well qualified and will be valued advocates for our farmers, ranchers, foresters and rural communities across America.”
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Boozman adds that the votes to approve the nominations of former Congressman Xochitl Torres Small and Robert Bonnie show the committee continues to adhere to its bipartisan tradition of working together in good faith to ensure a fair process for the president’s candidates. .
“I expect that we will continue to act with the same positive bipartisan spirit when we return from the hiatus and consider other candidates, budget reconciliation and other laws that come before our committee,” said Boozman. .
The committee held a hearing on Torres Small and Bonnie’s candidacy on July 29, 2021.