The Senate last week also gave USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment nominee Robert Bonnie a nod of approval.
Bonnie has been Vilsack’s Senior Environment and Climate Adviser, and previously directed the Center for Conservation Incentives at Environmental Defense Fund.
According to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Bonnie's and Harden's nominations come as just a few in a series of other nominations and approvals, including posts for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Rural Business and Cooperative Services.
Jason Weller has been officially appointed as the USDA NRCS Chief. He has been serving as Acting Chief since former Chief Dave White’s departure in December.
Weller served as White’s Chief of Staff and has previously worked for the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, the House Budget Committee, and the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Lillian Salerno was also appointed as USDA’s Rural Business and Cooperative Services Administrator in July. She had been Acting Administrator since last September and had previously served as a Special Assistant in the Rural Housing Service at USDA.
Additional second term appointments at USDA are expected to be announced in August and September, NSAC said.