NPPC Wants Congressional Votes on Trump USDA Nominees

The National Pork Producers Council urged Senate leaders to schedule confirmation votes on four long-languishing Trump administration nominees to USDA positions. In a letter, NPPC is urging the leadership to move quickly to schedule votes on the four USDA positions, which are important to U.S. pork producers and for American agriculture. NPPC President Ken Maschoff is asking Congress to fulfill it’s “vital role in ensuring that our federal agencies are adequately staffed and move quickly to schedule confirmation votes.” The organization wants Gregg Doud confirmed as the chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Bill Northey confirmed as Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation at the USDA. They’re also asking for confirmation of Stephen Vaden as the USDA’s general counsel and Andrew Wheeler as deputy administrator with the Environmental Protection Agency. Maschoff says, “All four candidates are highly qualified, and the positions they’ll fill are extremely important to U.S. pork producers, as well as American agriculture. The nominees will oversee policies and programs that farmers and ranchers depend on.”