January 19, 2021


AFBF welcomes appointment of new US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture



The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has welcomed US President-elect Joe Biden's appointment of  Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as the United States' Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.


"AFBF congratulates Dr. Jewel Bronaugh on her nomination to serve as USDA Deputy Secretary," said the organisation's president, Zippy Duvall. "Dr. Bronaugh's work as Virginia's Agriculture Commissioner and her previous experience as state director of  USDA's Farm Service Agency have established her as someone who understands the needs of America's farmers and ranchers. We also appreciate the work she has done to address mental health issues in rural communities - a priority we hope she continues to pursue at the federal level.


"Dr. Bronaugh's nomination, as well as the nomination of Tom Vilsack for Secretary of Agriculture, shows President-elect Biden is carefully considering the challenges facing our nation's farmers and ranchers. We look forward to working with the new leadership at USDA to ensure American agriculture continues to lead the world in growing safe, affordable food."


Virginia Farm Bureau president Wayne F. Pryor said: "Virginia Farm Bureau is proud to see Dr. Bronaugh nominated as USDA Deputy Secretary. The Commonwealth has been fortunate to benefit from Dr. Bronaugh's leadership as VDACS Commissioner, State FSA Executive Director and her roles at Virginia State University.


"She has done much to promote agriculture and address the many issues facing farm families and rural Virginia. Dr. Bronaugh will carry on this work in her new leadership role in Washington, DC, and we support her swift confirmation."