Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has finished four very solid years as second in command at the US Department of Agriculture. Over the years, she has built an impressive record of accomplishment, particularly with respect to the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, the National Organic Program, and beginning farmer and rancher issues. In trying circumstances, she also managed the USDA budget process with finesse, including in the implementation of difficult automatic budget cuts, which are currently impacting all government agencies.
Deputy Secretary Merrigan has been a lifelong champion of sustainable agriculture. We wish her the very best through May, when she completes her USDA service. Even more, we look forward to following her career beyond this, which undoubtedly will include indispensable service to the sustainable agriculture movement.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.
“I am saddened to hear that Deputy Secretary Merrigan is leaving the USDA. Because of her commitment and leadership, we have had a tireless leader at USDA for a range of issues like specialty crops, local food production, and organic food. And her outreach to and engagement with producers across the country, including those in my home state of Connecticut, has been phenomenal. She will be missed, but I wish her the best.”