At USDA, Dr. Jewel Bronaugh Will Build A More Resilient Future for all Americans

EDF statement from Ben Thomas, senior policy director for agriculture

January 19, 2021
Hilary Kirwan, (202) 572-3277,

(WASHINGTON, DC) President-elect Joe Biden nominated Dr. Jewel Bronaugh to serve as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Dr. Bronaugh has what it takes to tackle the serious challenges facing agriculture and food security. In doing so, she will help build a more climate-resilient future for all Americans.

“She has an extensive technical background and a track record of leadership on tough issues like the struggling farm economy, farmer mental health, food access and environmental impacts. Above all, she knows how to bring stakeholders to the table to find consensus and get things done.

“Dr. Bronaugh will also make history as the first Black woman to serve as the second in command at USDA. Her role in USDA leadership and decision-making will help ensure that USDA policies represent and benefit all farmers, especially farmers of color.

“EDF is looking forward to working with Dr. Bronaugh to make sure the agriculture sector and rural economies are resilient, equitable and prosperous.”

  • Ben Thomas, senior policy director, agriculture

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