Senator Kent Conrad,D-N.D., has announced that USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service Jim Miller, will return to his staff next month as a senior aide leading his negotiations on the next Farm Bill.
"Jim Miller is one of the best. He is deeply committed to farmers and ranchers and America's rural communities," Conrad said. "His encyclopedic knowledge of ag policy has only increased while at USDA. I am fortunate to have him come back to my staff and put that experience and knowledge to work helping craft a new Farm Bill."
Miller says he has a deep respect for the work Conrad has done in helping to write the last two Farm Bills and looks forward to supporting his efforts in preparation for the next piece of comprehensive agriculture legislation.
American Farm Bureau Public Policy Director Mark Maslyn says he is pleased that Miller is rejoining Conrad's staff.
"We worked with him well both when he was on the Hill and most recently when he was under secretary at USDA and he's just a terrific guy to work with," Maslyn said. "He has indicated he is returning to the Congress and we will look forward to working with him in that capacity."
Miller served as a senior advisor to Senator Conrad from 2004-2008 and was his lead negotiator on the 2008 Farm Bill. In 2009, he was appointed Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service, the third highest-ranking official at the USDA.