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Statement by Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner Regarding the Nomination of Ed Schafer as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture


"I congratulate former Governor Schafer on being named today by President Bush to serve as the 29th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. I am eager to welcome him to the department and to work side by side with him to continue the tradition of strong leadership at USDA.

"Having served two terms as Governor of an agricultural state, he knows the issues. He has led trade missions, promoted renewable energy and advanced rural development in his home state. His reputation for being a strong leader with a straight forward approach and optimistic outlook will fit perfectly here at the department and it will be appreciated by the farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders whom we serve.

I offer my full support to Governor Schafer, confident he will build on the agricultural accomplishments of this Administration and advance policies and programs that ensure continued strength in the agricultural economy.


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