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Ag Secretary Vilsack Appoints Jim Monahan Deputy Administrator of Commodity Operations

Date Posted: August 14, 2009

Washington—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced August 7 additional staff that will hold positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"USDA is fortunate to have outstanding staff who work diligently in support of the Department's mission and vision," Vilsack said.

"President Obama and I are pleased that these individuals will contribute to our efforts to achieve strong rural communities, improve the environment, and ensure our food supply remains safe, sustainable, and nutritious."


Jim Monahan - Deputy Administrator of Commodity Operations.

Monahan most recently served as executive director of the Ag Council on the Environment where he built coalitions with producers, landowners, and groups to initiate, expand and support water quality projects.

During the Clinton Administration, Monahan served as the state executive director for the Farm Service Agency in Vermont and the Virgin Islands, and later as a special assistant to the FSA administrator.

He served as a legislative assistant to Vermont Senator Leahy after serving for 15 years in USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

He is a disabled Marine from the Vietnam era, who currently serves as a National Board Director for Veterans and Military Families for Progress, a nonprofit organization helping Veterans and their families.

Monahan graduated from Johnson State College with a double major in environmental science and economics and resource management.

For more information, call 202-720-4623.

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