Tom Vilsack was confirmed and sworn in as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Secretary Vilsack is returning to the position which he previously served for eight years under President Obama. Nominees and appointees have also been named to key positions at USDA:
Deputy Secretary- Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, who has served since 2018 as the commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Chief of Staff, Office of the Secretary- Katherine Ferguson, who served in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff for the White House Domestic Policy Council and as Chief of Staff for USDA Rural Development.
Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Secretary- Robert Bonnie, who was an executive in residence at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University.
Gloria Montano Greene was named deputy undersecretary for farm production and Conservation (FPAC). Montano Greene was the Arizona FSA executive director from 2-14-2017 and previously served as chief of staff to Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.
Zach Ducheneaux was selected to be Administrator of the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Ducheneaux most recently was executive director of the Intertribal Agriculture Council, the largest Native American agriculture organization in the United States. He and his brothers operate a family ranch on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in north central South Dakota.