Corn+Soybean Digest

New Secretary of Agriculture

Ed Schafer was sworn in as the 29th Secretary of USDA on Jan. 28. He served as North Dakota's governor from 1992 to 2000.

As governor, Schafer managed a state workforce of 12,000, oversaw a budget of $4.6 billion and led the state's response to emergencies, such as the floods that hit the Grand Forks area in 1997.

After leaving office in 2000, he co-founded Extend America, a venture capital-backed company, to provide wireless voice and high-speed data services to commercial and residential customers in five rural Midwestern states.

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