Press Release

ARLINGTON, Va. — Regarding the announcement of President Biden’s nomination of Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture CEO Ted McKinney released the following statement:

“Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small is an exciting choice for the future of our food system. With her experience leading the industry as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development and her perspective on state and local issues as former U.S. representative for New Mexico’s 2nd congressional district, NASDA stands ready to support Torres Small.

NASDA also thanks President Biden for recognizing the importance of continuity of leadership for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”


NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries and directors of the departments of agriculture in all 50 states and four U.S. territories. NASDA enhances American food and agricultural communities through policy, partnerships and public engagement. To learn more about NASDA, please visit

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