WASHINGTON – Today, National Farmers Union (NFU) released a letter in support of the nomination and confirmation of Xochitl Torres Small to serve as the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“Under Secretary Torres Small has tirelessly served family farmers and ranchers, not only in New Mexico, but throughout the country,” said NFU President Rob Larew. “As the Under Secretary of Rural Development, she has done amazing work for rural communities and supply chains that support our entire economy. I’m proud to share our support today knowing that Under Secretary Torres Small will make a positive impact as Deputy Secretary.”
NFU has a long history with Under Secretary Torres Small going back to her time as a Member of Congress when she represented family farmers and ranchers in New Mexico. Then, Torres Small was a strong advocate for Farmers Union members and their priorities.
“We worked together in New Mexico with Under Secretary for Rural Development Torres Small while she served in Congress,” said Rocky Mountain Farmers Union President Chad Franke. “She has always been a strong champion for agriculture and rural needs, and it is no surprise that she continues to be an important leader at USDA. We believe that she is well suited for Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and ask for a quick confirmation to this vital position.”
NFU urges the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to advance Under Secretary Torres Small’s nomination to serve as Deputy Secretary of USDA and looks forward to working with Under Secretary Torres Small in this new role.