AG POLICY NEWS
USDA Stays on Diversity Push
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Fri May 2, 2014 03:32 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- When Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden attended the Commodity Classic at the end of February she made a point to emphasize in a talk to the members of the United Soybean Board that the USB and other checkoff boards need more diversity in their ranks.

Checkoff boards have done a good job recruiting the average farmer -- a white male in his late 50s -- but top leaders at USDA have tried to push checkoff groups to recruit more young men, more women and more minorities to serve on boards.

"It's about increasing the pool of people, ...

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