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Robert Bonnie Confirmed as Under Secretary of Agriculture for FPAC –

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Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Robert Bonnie as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

As Under Secretary, Bonnie will oversee the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Risk Management Agency and FPAC Business Center. He may also handle the USDA’s Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Program.

And numerous people in agriculture welcome the information.


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Nomination of Robert Bonnie to Serve as Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation

(WASHINGTON, April 16, 2021) — “I am grateful to President Biden for announcing his intent to nominate Robert Bonnie to serve as Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation with the Department of Agriculture. Robert currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for Climate at USDA. He led the USDA Transition Team for the President-Elect and Vice President-Elect. And he served in the Obama-Biden Administration as Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment as well as my Senior Advisor for the Environment and Climate. He is one of the nation’s foremost authorities and leaders on working lands approaches to conservation and incentive-based climate and conservation practices for farmers, ranchers, foresters and landowners. Under Robert’s steady hand, America’s farmers, ranchers, producers and landowners will see renewed focus on building and maintaining markets at home and abroad and preparing our food and agricultural community to lead the world in climate-smart agricultural practices. Robert will be committed to working with U.S. farmers and landowners to help feed Americans and the world and make climate smart practices work for them in a market-oriented way—a way that creates new streams of income, a cleaner energy future and a biobased manufacturing revolution.”

Background:

Prior to becoming a member of USDA, Bonnie was at Duke University, first as a Rubenstein Fellow and later as an Executive in Residence on the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions engaged on conservation and environmental points in rural America. In 2020, he additionally labored with the Bipartisan Policy Center on its Farm and Forest Carbon Solutions Initiative.

Previously, Bonnie was vp for land conservation for the Environmental Defense Fund the place he targeted on growing incentives to reward farmers, ranchers and forest homeowners for stewardship actions on non-public lands. At EDF, he helped develop the Safe Harbor program and different incentive-based mostly approaches to endangered species conservation. Bonnie has grasp’s levels in forestry and environmental administration from Duke University. He grew up on a farm in Kentucky and now lives in Virginia.

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AFBF Congratulates Robert Bonnie on Nomination

(WASHINGTON, April 16, 2021) — American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented right this moment on the nomination of Robert Bonnie as Under Secretary for Food Production and Conservation (FPAC).

“AFBF congratulates Robert Bonnie on his nomination as Under Secretary for Food Production and Conservation. Robert’s expertise as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment and as Senior Advisor to Secretary Vilsack at USDA has given him firsthand information of the challenges going through America’s farmers and ranchers. We respect his outreach and engagement with Farm Bureau throughout his tenure with the Biden administration and we’re hopeful he’ll stay absolutely engaged with farmers and ranchers in his new position.

“We look forward to the nomination process and we hope to build on our relationship with Robert to ensure farm, crop and conservation programs allow farmers and ranchers to continue putting food on tables across the country.”


NACD Applauds Confirmation of Robert Bonnie as FPAC Under Secretary

(WASHINGTON, April 16, 2021) — Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) applauded the U.S. Senate’s affirmation of Robert Bonnie as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

As Under Secretary, Bonnie will oversee the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Risk Management Agency and FPAC Business Center. In his position, he may also handle the USDA’s Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Program.

“NACD applauds the confirmation of Robert Bonnie as the FPAC Under Secretary. We are eager to work with him given his extensive knowledge and experience with USDA and climate-smart agriculture and forestry,” NACD President Michael Crowder stated. “Bonnie understands the need for voluntary and locally-led conservation programs, and we are excited to work with him to continue bringing those programs to farmers, ranchers and landowners across the country.”

Robert Bonnie was raised on a farm in Kentucky and has devoted his profession to addressing local weather change by means of agricultural and forestry-based mostly options. Bonnie has served with USDA beforehand as Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment through the Obama Administration. He additionally led the USDA Transition Team for the Biden Administration and served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for Climate at USDA. Prior to that position, he held positions as the Director of the Farm and Forests Carbon Solutions Initiative on the Bipartisan Policy Center and later Executive in Residence at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Bonnie holds a bachelor’s diploma from Harvard College and a grasp’s diploma in forestry and environmental administration from Duke University.

“I am confident that Bonnie will continue to build on existing partnerships with NACD and the nation’s 3,000 locally-led conservation districts as a tool in implementing climate-smart agriculture and forestry programs,” Crowder stated.


NCGA Congratulates Robert Bonnie on Senate Confirmation

(WASHINGTON, April 16, 2021) — The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) right this moment congratulated Robert Bonnie for receiving Senate affirmation to serve as Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation with the Department of Agriculture. In response to the event, NCGA President Chris Edgington made the next assertion:

“As production agriculture continues to face multiple challenges from climate to markets, Mr. Bonnie will play an important role in responding to farmer needs. Having previously served as the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, he has experience working with a variety of stakeholders and overseeing important USDA agencies. These experiences, his commitment to bipartisanship, along with his ongoing work with farmers, ranchers, and conservationists, are all reasons NCGA looks forward to working with Robert Bonnie in his new role.”