NGFA congratulates Robert Bonnie on confirmation as undersecretary for farm production and conservation 

ARLGINTON, Va., Nov. 17, 2021 -- The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) congratulated Robert Bonnie on his confirmation to serve as undersecretary for farm production and conservation at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

The U.S. Senate voted 76-19 to confirm Mr. Bonnie on Nov. 16. 

“Mr. Bonnie is a proven leader on working lands agriculture issues with extensive experience and knowledge,” said NGFA President and CEO Mike Seyfert. “He is widely recognized as a hardworking, solutions-oriented public servant and NGFA looks forward to working with him in his new role.” 

NGFA and dozens of other agricultural groups supported Bonnie’s nomination in a July 21 letter to USDA and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders, noting that he is “uniquely qualified” to lead USDA’s farm production and conservation mission area “due to his expertise in working lands approaches to conservation and voluntary incentive-based climate and conservation practices for farmers, ranchers, foresters, and landowners.”

The position oversees a wide variety of USDA farm and conservation programs. Bonnie currently serves as deputy chief of staff and senior advisor for climate at USDA. He previously served as undersecretary for natural resources and environment during the second term of the Obama administration, overseeing the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He also served as senior adviser to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for environment and climate change during Obama’s first term.

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The NGFA, established in 1896, consists of grain, feed, processing, exporting and other grain-related companies that operate more than 8,000 facilities handling U.S. grains and oilseeds. Its membership includes grain elevators; feed and feed ingredient manufacturers; biofuels companies; grain and oilseed processors and millers; exporters; livestock and poultry integrators; and associated firms that provide goods and services to the nation’s grain, feed and processing industry. The NGFA also consists of 27 affiliated State and Regional Grain and Feed Associations, and is co-located and has a strategic alliance with North American Export Grain Association, and a strategic alliance with Pet Food Institute.