February 1, 2008
February 1, 2008 - The U.S. Senate confirmed Ed Schafer as the 29th secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Monday, Jan. 28. Schafer was a two-term governor of North Dakota and is the first North Dakotan to lead USDA.
Schafer will assume his new role as Congress enters final negotiations toward the potential passage of a new Farm Bill. And, according to President George W. Bush, he'll do so immediately.
"I appreciate that the Senate unanimously confirmed Schafer to be our next Secretary of Agriculture," said Bush. "As a two-term governor and business leader, Ed has distinguished himself as an executive with a proven record of results.
"He will be an advocate for farmers, ranchers and consumers as he works to open new markets for their products. And he will work with the Congress to pass a responsible Farm Bill that will provide a safety net for farmers and protect our lands and the environment, while at the same time ensuring federal tax dollars are spent wisely."