News Date: 11/01/2011
The National 4-H Council announced the addition of Ann Veneman, former Secretary of Agriculture and former NASDA Member, to its Board of Trustees. While Secretary at USDA from 2001 to 2005, Veneman advanced an expanded trade agenda, food protection, progressive farm policy, rural development, responsible forest policy, and stronger nutrition programs.
From 1986 to 1993, she served in various positions in the USDA, including Deputy Secretary, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs, and Associate Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service. Veneman served as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 1995 to 1999, overseeing the state agency responsible for nation's largest agricultural producing region. In 2009 she was named to the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list, ranking 46th.
"It is an honor to serve on the board of such a widely respected organization that does so much to advance youth leadership and citizenship," said Veneman. "As a 4-H member growing up in California I understand the importance of youth development programs." For more information, click here.
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