Monday, May 07, 2007

Missouri Governor names new Ag Director

From the Missouri Ruralist:

Citing her successful record as a champion of Missouri agriculture, Gov.
Matt Blunt has appointed Katie Smith, Platte City, as the new director of the
Department of Agriculture. Smith grew up on a family farm in Platte County and
has spent her career working to further Missouri agriculture interests and
values at the nation's Capitol.

"Katie Smith was raised in the heart of Missouri
agriculture and has spent her career working to promote our state's rich
agriculture heritage," Blunt says. "Missourians can be pleased with the fact
that Mrs. Smith has agreed to take on this important challenge and lead our
state's agriculture department. Her experience in Missouri fields, our nation's
legislative chambers and the executive branch of government will provide
tremendous knowledge, insight and perspective to benefit Missouri agriculture
and farm families."

Smith's professional career includes working at USDA, the
U.S. Department of Energy and serving for federal elected officials in both the
U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Most recently she served as Deputy Assistant
Secretary in the Department of Energy's Office of Congressional and
Intergovernmental Affairs. At USDA, she served as special assistant to
Agriculture Undersecretary Bill Hawks where she represented the department
during the 2002 Farm Bill conference negotiations and served as the agriculture
representative for the transition of Agriculture border inspectors to the
Department of Homeland Security.

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