Catherine Woteki has been nominated by President Obama for undersecretary for research, education and economics at the USDA.

The position oversees the Agricultural Research Service, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Economic Research Service, the National Agricultural Statistics Service and the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Md.

“Catherine Woteki will be an excellent undersecretary, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to her job,” said National Pork Producers Council President Sam Carney, a pork producer from Adair, Iowa. “Her previous work with USDA, as well as her other experience, makes her an outstanding choice for this important job. We look forward to working with her.”

Woteki currently serves as global director of scientific affairs for Mars Inc., where she manages the company’s scientific policy and research on matters of health, nutrition and food safety. From 2002-2005, she was dean of agriculture and professor of human nutrition at Iowa State University.

As USDA’s first under secretary for food safety from 1997-2001, Woteki oversaw food safety policy development and USDA’s continuity of operations planning. She was deputy under secretary for research, education and economics in 1996.

Prior to joining USDA, Woteki served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as deputy associate director for science. She also has held positions with the National Center for Health Statistics of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Human Nutrition Information Service at USDA and the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences.

Source: NPPC