President George Bush announced that he will nominate U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for farm and foreign services Dr. Mark Keenum as a director of the Farm Credit Administration. Keenum is USDA's point man on the implementation of the new farm bill.
There has been no word from the Senate Agriculture Committee on when it will take up a confirmation hearing. With little time before the August recess, it might not occur before fall. Keenum holds a doctorate in agricultural economics from Mississippi State University and was chief of staff for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., before his career at USDA.
Meanwhile, William J. Hoffman has been named Chief Operating Officer for the FCA. Hoffman will assume his new duties next week. Hoffman most recently served the Agency as Executive Assistant to Board Member and former Chairman and CEO Nancy Pellett.