The United States Senate has confirmed the nominations of Elisabeth Hagen, M.D., to the position of United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Food Safety, and Catherine Woteki, Ph.D., to the position of USDA’s Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics.
In August, Hagen received a recess appointment by President Obama for the Under Secretary position. She previously served as the USDA’s Chief Medical Officer and was a senior executive at the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
Woteki worked for two years in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where she co-authored the Clinton Administration's policy statement, “Science in the National Interest,” and served as the deputy under secretary for research, education and economics. From 2002-2005, Woteki was dean of agriculture and professor of human nutrition at Iowa State University, where she also was the head of the Agriculture Experiment Station.
Source: AMI - American Meat Institute