The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens

Mather leaves USDA for Rahm Emanuel

Chris Mather, the communications director for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, is scheduled to leave USDA Friday to become the communications director for Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel in Chicago.

Joani Walsh, chief of staff for the Research, Education and Economics division of USDA, will be acting director of communications, according to a memo Mather recently sent to her staff.