Kathleen Merrigan

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Kathleen A. Merrigan
Kathleen Merrigan official portrait.jpg
United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
In office
April 8, 2009 – March 14, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Chuck Conner
Succeeded by Krysta Harden
Personal details
Born (1959-10-06) October 6, 1959 (age 56)
Pittsfield, Massachusetts[1]
Political party Democratic

Kathleen Ann Merrigan was sworn in as the United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture on April 8, 2009.[2] She resigned from this position on March 14, 2013.[3]

Merrigan gives a thumbs up with the cafeteria nutrition staff while visiting Carl G. Renfroe Middle School in Decatur, Georgia

Merrigan helped develop USDA's organic labeling rules while head of the Agricultural Marketing Service from 1999 to 2001.[4] Between her USDA positions, she worked at Tufts University as Director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She has a PhD in environmental planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[5]


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