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USDA’s Kathleen Merrigan Steps Down

Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has paid much attention to small, local farming during her tenure at the USDA.

Head shot of USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.

Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture (flickr)

In addition to her U.S.-focused public service, Merrigan also became the first woman to chair the Ministerial Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2009.

According to a March 14 announcement made by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will be stepping down from her position. While she has not given a reason for leaving, it is unusual for deputy secretaries to stay on for more than one term.

Merrigan, known for the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative, has been celebrated by sustainability advocates. Under her tenure, farmers markets have increased in number and begun to accept SNAP benefits, and young farmers have been given support.

She will leave office at the end of April.

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Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Bloomington, Indiana. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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