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USDA announces new political appointee changes

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that Leigh Allen, an appointee in the Risk Management Agency, will begin a detail as a confidential assistant in the Farm Service Agency. Allen was a professional staff member on the Senate Agriculture Committee when former Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., chaired that committee. He also worked as a legislative consultant.

Yaesul Park has joined USDA as a staff assistant in the office of Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman. Park served as an intern in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs. She also served as an intern for Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., a legislative assistant for the Oregon state legislature; and was a co-founder of the “Kids Achieving Literacy” program of Moroccan Migrant Association in Taqadoum, Morocco. She graduated from Emory University in 2012 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and was a staff writer for the Emory Political Review.