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December 6, 2008

The Continuing Saga Continues
According to Reuters, we'll finally get the word on who will run the USDA (along with Energy, EPA, Veterans Affairs and Trade) this week. And if you believe the article which anonymously quotes "two farm lobbyists," it's now between Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sibelius and Rep. John Salazar of Colorado. With Sibelius also in the running for Energy Secretary, selecting her for the USDA would certainly cement climate change as central to Obama's governing philosophy. Given that her agricultural track record (outside of the fact she's from Kansas) is less well-defined, I'll take what I can get.

As for Salazar, who currently sits on the House Agriculture Committee, Grist's Tom Philpott observes that he's a "conventional ag man through and through." Philpott also provides the insight that this process has played out more like a series of "trial balloons" rather than a true winnowing so who knows where we'll end up. At least we now know when we'll know.

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