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Northey confirmed as Under Secretary

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The full United States Senate confirms Bill Northey as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services. The move Tuesday comes after Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) decision to lift his hold from Northey’s nomination.

United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue applauds Northey for his patience. Perdue adds Northey’s patience demonstrates strength and highlights the leadership skills he brings to the United States Department of Agriculture.

“We thank everyone who worked on his confirmation,” Perdue said.” Bill will come aboard at a crucial time, as his knowledge and expertise will be immediately put to use as the new Farm Bill is formulated to address the needs of American farmers. In addition, his leadership will be key in the newly-constituted mission area, where the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) will be providing an even better customer experience. I am excited to finally have Bill on board.”

Senator Joni Ernst echoed similar excitement. Ernst says Northey can now advocate for America’s farmers and ranchers.

“I am thrilled to see Bill Northey’s confirmation in the Senate,” Ernst said. “His long overdue confirmation to this essential role within the USDA is great news for our state and country. His experience as a farmer and Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture makes him the ideal candidate. I’m glad to see my colleagues recognize what folks in Iowa already know – Bill Northey knows agriculture. He has worked with diligence and dedication to help farmers and ranchers across Iowa, and will continue to serve as a powerful voice for agriculture and conservation across the country.”