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Northey sworn in to USDA undersecretary post

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue administered the oath of office to Bill Northey as the Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service (FFAS) on March 6.

 Northey had served as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, a position he had held for more than 11 years.

In addition to his long service as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, Northey is a former president of the National Corn Growers Association and served in state and local roles for the Iowa Farm Bureau. A fourth-generation corn and soybean farmer, he and his wife Cindy have three daughters and five grandchildren. 

According to a USDA press release, as part of a reorganization of USDA, Secretary Perdue has created, President Trump appointed and the Senate confirmed a new Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, as directed by the 2014 farm bill. The creation of the new mission area prompted the realignment of several agencies under a newly-named Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC), the position for which Northey is intended. FPAC encompasses the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Risk Management Agency. The USDA indicated it is working with Congress to formally change the name of the mission area to FPAC.