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Obama to nominate Scuse to Ag undersecretary post

President Barack Obama today announced his intention to nominate Michael T. Scuse as Agriculture undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services.

Scuse has been the deputy undersecretary since 2009, and has been the acting undersecretary since Jim Miller left the position in January to return to Capitol Hill as an aide to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D.

As deputy, Scuse’s primary responsibility was over domestic programs including the Farm Services Agency and the Risk Management Agency.

Before joining USDA, Scuse was chief of staff to then Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, D-Del. Before that, he served as Delaware secretary of agriculture secretary from 2001 until 2008. From 1996 to 2001, he served as both chairman of the Kent County, Del., Regional Planning Commission and chairman of the USDA Farm Services Agency’s Delaware State Committee.

From 1986 to 1994, he served as the Kent County recorder of deeds. He also previously served as both president and vice president of the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Scuse attended Salem College.