The White House has sent the U.S. Senate the presidents nomination of Sam Clovis to a top Department of Agriculture post. The Senate confirmed this week it received President Trump’s nomination of Clovis as the USDA undersecretary for research, education, and economics, according to the Hagstrom Report. The nomination is coming under some scrutiny, as Senate Agriculture top Democrat Debbie Stabenow questioned his merits to serve as the USDA chief scientist and his comments against crop insurance. In 2013, Clovis commented that he thought crop insurance was unconstitutional. Those comments would be a “nonstarter” to the leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee, whose chairman said they would like to know why he said that. It does not, however, appear to be an issue for farm groups. 20 farm and agriculture groups offered their support for Clovis in a letter earlier this week.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.