A coalition of 59 food and agriculture associations signed a letter to Senate Agriculture Leadership recommending confirmation of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh for Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Read the full letter below.


Food & Agriculture Associations Letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry in Support of the Nomination of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

February 11, 2021 

The Honorable Debbie Stabenow, Chair 
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry 
328A Russell Senate Office Building 
Washington DC 20510 

The Honorable John Boozman, Ranking Member 
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry 
328A Russell Senate Office Building 
Washington DC 20510 

Dear Senators Stabenow and Boozman: 

We write to you in strong support of President Biden’s nomination of Jewel Bronaugh, PhD to serve as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and ask that you quickly approve her nomination.  As leaders of the nation’s food and agricultural organizations, we work closely with the senior leadership of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in support of efficient and effective administration of food and agricultural programs and have consistently advocated for the appointment of highly qualified candidates to serve in these critical positions. 

Dr. Bronaugh has spent her entire career in agriculture.  In Dr. Bronaugh’s service as a Cooperative Extension Specialist, university dean, USDA-FSA State Executive Director, and most recently as the 16th Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, she has committed herself to fair and equitable administration of the laws and policies within her areas of responsibility.  Noting Dr. Bronaugh’s exceptional passion and perspective, we are confident that she will provide outstanding leadership in service to our nation as USDA’s Deputy Secretary. 

Our nation is facing considerable challenges with regard to pandemic response, failing infrastructure, climate, diversity and inclusion, trade, immigration, and many others.  The USDA needs knowledgeable and experienced leaders at the helm to navigate through these challenges and to implement bipartisan solutions.  

We are grateful that President Biden has moved quickly to fill these senior positions with people of Dr. Bronaugh’s caliber and ask that the Senate do likewise. 

Sincerely, 

Almond Alliance of California

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Feed Industry Association

American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Coalition

American Seed Trade Association

American Sesame Growers Association

American Soybean Association

Animal Health Institute

Association of Virginia Potato and Vegetable Growers, Inc.

Biotechnology Innovation Organization

California Farm Bureau Federation

California Grain and Feed Association

CoBank

Consumer Brands Association

Corn Refiners Association

CropLife America

Dairy Business Association

FMI Food Industry Association

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

Global Cold Chain Alliance

Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils

Leather and Hide Council of America

Meat Import Council of America

Michigan Agri-Business Association

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Corn Growers Association

National Cotton Council

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Farmers Union

National Fisheries Institute

National Grain and Feed Association

National Milk Producers Federation

National Oilseed Processors Association

National Pork Producers Council

National Potato Council

National Sorghum Producers

National Turkey Federation

Nebraska Grain and Feed Association

North American Meat Institute

North American Millers’ Association

North American Renderers Association

North Carolina Potato Association

Ohio AgriBusiness Association

Organic Trade Association

Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc.

Produce Marketing Association

Sweetener Users Association

The Hardwood Federation

U.S. Apple Association

U.S. Dairy Export Council

United Fresh Produce Association

USA Rice

Vote Hemp

Washington State Potato Commission

WineAmerica

Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association