NGFA supports Bonnie for USDA undersecretary position 

NGFA and dozens of other agricultural organizations this week extended their support for the nomination of Robert Bonnie to serve as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) undersecretary for farm production and conservation.

In a July 21 letter to USDA and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders, almost 60 groups noted that Bonnie 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.”

Bonnie is “a proven leader on working lands agriculture issues and his approach has been tested,” the letter stated. 

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.