Ann Wright named Deputy Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at USDA

All Wright!!!: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed Ann Wright as Deputy Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at USDA. Before serving as senior policy advisor to Majority Leader
Harry Reid on issues before the Senate Agriculture Committee, she was a policy analyst for
Consumers Union on energy and trade issues and worked with farmers and
non-profit organizations at the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in
Washington, DC. (USDA press release) This is really good news. The Marketing and Regulatory Programs group has a lot of key items on its plate, from insuring robust agricultural competition to
providing opportunities to sell products in the U.S. and abroad. It also oversees the
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), which (as we wrote here applauding Vilsack's appointing Dudley Butler to head it) is supposed to make sure that livestock producers are treated equally
regardless of their size and that corporations do not engage in unfair
competitive practices.

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