President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Kathleen Merrigan to the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture post. Merrigan is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment MS and PhD program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston. But from 1999 to 2001 - she was Administrator of USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. Merrigan has also served as an expert consultant at the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and as a staff member on the Senate Agriculture Committee.
In other positions of interest to agriculture Obama plans to nominate Joe Cannon as Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Tom Strickland, Chief of Staff and Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior.