President Makes Two More USDA Nominations

Under secretaries of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services; REE named.

President Obama has nominated two more individuals to serve at USDA as Under Secretaries. The nominees are: Kevin Concannon to be Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services; and Rajiv Shah to be Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics and Chief Scientist for USDA.

During the past 25 years, Kevin Concannon has been Director of four health and human service agencies in three states - Iowa, Maine and Oregon, leading state efforts to make food stamps and emergency food assistance more accessible to those in need.

"From children's and juvenile services, to Medicaid, public health and many other areas, Kevin has dedicated his career to improving the lives of millions in every stage and every circumstance of life," said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. "Now we're tapping his leadership and experience to serve citizens across the nation and address President Obama's deep concern for the health and welfare - and particularly the nutrition - of America's children."

Rajiv Shah is currently the Director of Agricultural Development in the Global Development Program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics he will oversee the Agricultural Research Service, Economic Research Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service, and Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.

"Dr. Rajiv Shah is a globally recognized leader in science, health and economics ... disciplines that are critical to the missions of this department," said Vilsack. "With his extensive background, Rajiv will help guide advances in food safety, nutrition, energy and climate, agricultural productivity, and global food security-to name a few of USDA's challenges."

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