Nov 17, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC -- Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Robert Bonnie as the U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for farm program and conservation mission area by a vote of 76 to 19.
Bonnie will oversee the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Risk Management Agency in his new role, all of which impact the U.S. rice industry, carrying out farm, conservation, disaster, crop insurance, and other programs. He also will be responsible for carrying out some of USDA’s climate work, including the Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Initiative.
Most recently, Bonnie served as a deputy chief of staff and senior climate advisor to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. In the Obama Administration, he served as undersecretary for natural resources and environment.
“USA Rice congratulates Undersecretary Bonnie on being confirmed to his new position,” said Ben Mosely, USA Rice vice president of government affairs. “His work experience at USDA allows him to hit the ground running and we look forward to working with him in his new capacity as we continue advocating for programs critical to rice farmers and our industry.”