The Senate Agriculture Committee hosted a confirmation hearing for USDA’s deputy agriculture secretary nominee Xochital Torres Small. “My own roots are both rural and urban and we’re all connected by land, resources and food.” Torres Small, who is the USDA rural development undersecretary, identified several challenges in the Department. “Outdated technology, antiquated loan and grant applications and the ongoing need to do more with less are all challenges I foresee.” If confirmed by the Senate, Torres Small would succeed Jewel Bronaugh.
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