Washington, D.C.—American Farmland Trust (AFT) President Jon Scholl extends warm congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Merrigan on her confirmation as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“Kathleen will be a tremendous asset to the administration, the USDA, and most importantly, the American farmer, rancher and consumer. Kathleen’s lifetime dedication to agricultural, environmental and food policy is well-known,” says Scholl. “She has spent her career in public service and in academic circles working to find effective strategies and programs to provide better food, fiber, bio-energy and environmental solutions for our country, yet serve the farmer and rancher.”
Most recently, Dr. Merrigan was an assistant professor and director of the agriculture, food and the environment MS and PhD programs at the Friedman School of Nutritional Science and Policy at Tufts University. Prior to that, Dr. Merrigan served during the Clinton administration as the Administrator for the Agriculture and Marketing Service at the Department of Agriculture. Dr. Merrigan also served on the legislative staff for the Senate Agriculture Committee for five years.
“As our nation addresses many challenges including a tough economy and climate change, we look forward to working with her to provide solutions. We know that agriculture plays a critical role in providing abundant, affordable food, fiber, energy and environmental benefits to our nation,” Scholl added.
American Farmland Trust is the nation's leading conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land. Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, AFT has helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more.
AFT's national office is located in Washington, DC. Phone: 202-331-7300. For more information, visit www.farmland.org.