USDA has announced the addition of four new staff members and two of them have Minnesota connections. Anne Knapke is the new deputy chief of staff for policy and Bidisha Bhattacharyya is the senior advisor for climate and conservation. Knapke has spent time as a legislative director for Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. Bhattacharyya has been working as a policy advisor at the Farm Service Agency, but also worked on the staff of Minnesota Senator Al Franken and Minnesota Representative Betty McCullum.
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