Indiana pork producer Jim Moseley was chosen as the deputy secretary for USDA, the agency’s number two position. If approved by the Senate, Moseley will be in charge of day-to-day operations and budgeting for the agency.

Moseley owns and operates Jim Moseley Farms, a pork and crop operation in Clarks Hill, Ind. He farms 2,800 acres of crops and markets 50,000 hogs annually. Previously, he served as an agricultural adviser for the Environmental Protection Agency in 1989-1990, was the USDA assistant secretary for natural resources and the environment from 1990-1992, and Indiana agriculture director in 1993-95 before returning to farming full-time.

In addition, William Hawks, a Mississippi crop producer, was selected as undersecretary for marketing and regulatory affairs. He farms 7,700 acres of corn and soybeans. Pending Senate approval, Hawks will manage the Agricultural Marketing Service, which oversees commodity promotion programs such as the national pork checkoff, and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.

Midwestern lawmakers were pressuring the Bush administration to select a Midwest producer familiar with agriculture in the Corn Belt as deputy director.

Associated Press