03/15/2013 01:44:00 PMDoug Ohlemeier
No loss, she came to Washington with an agenda, and it effected her attitude towards most of Agriculture. Maybe some private institution can pick her salary, she certainly never gave back to the taxpayer.
Given all the agribiz industry "revolving door" employees at USDA, it was refreshing to many of us who value organic agriculture and the "small & diversified farms" concept to have ANYONE in the Agency who had our interests at heart. She also had the individual consumer on her radar, unlike many in the entire industry & most in the Agency (whose interests are the "big pictures" of exports, the fine print in the Farm Bill, immigration/ work force issues, etc). My own feeling is that it's no coincidence that this announcement was made at the very moment that the President signed a revenue bill containing the "Monsanto Protection" rider. I consider her resignation a political statement, and a rebuke of the current Administration policy. ^..^