December 11, 2017

Secretary Sonny Names New Chief at USDA for Rural Development – Audio

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue named a new chief of USDA’s Rural Development division on Monday.

USDA named Anne Hazlett as “Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development.”

Hazlett is a former Indiana director of agriculture who most recently was chief counsel for Republicans on the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Perdue discussed Hazlett’s new position during a hearing before the Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday morning.    Listen –>    Secretary Sonny on Hazlett

Currently, the White House has yet to nominate many of the top sub-cabinet leadership positions at USDA. Perdue remains the only USDA officeholder named by the Trump administration.

Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittee Chair John Hoeven of North Dakota posed a question to Secretary Perdue during Tuesday’s hearing.     Listen –>  Senator Hoeven and Secretary Sonny

Perdue was joined at Tuesday’s hearing by USDA Chief Economist Rob Johannson and USDA Budget Officer Michael Young.

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