The Senate Agriculture Committee will meet Wednesday afternoon to consider four key nominations to USDA posts. Under consideration will be Jim Miller, of Virginia, to be undersecretary of Agriculture for farm and foreign agricultural services; Dallas Tonsager, of South Dakota, to be undersecretary of Agriculture for rural development; Joe Leonard Jr., of the District of Columbia, to be an assistant secretary of Agriculture for civil rights; and Kathleen Merrigan, of Massachusetts, to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.
The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. in room 328A of the Russell Senate Office Building. The hearing will be Web cast at http://agriculture.senate.gov/.
Wednesday morning the House Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management will hold a hearing to review the state of the farm economy. USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber, Iowa State University ag economist Neil Harl, and Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City-Omaha Vice President Jason Henderson will be among the witness set to testify during that hearing.