A report on the Magic Valley Dot Com website says Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter is being looked at by the Trump Administration as a possible Secretary of Agriculture. He’s one of several candidates mentioned as a possible successor to Tom Vilsack. Otter’s name came up as a possible nomination for Interior Secretary, but reports surfaced this week that the Interior nomination will go to Montana Republican Representative Ryan Zinke. Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and South Dakota Republican Representative Kristi Noem have also been mentioned as candidates. Recent reports indicate Noem isn’t interested in the job. Otter has already said this term will be his last as Idaho Governor. One of the Ag Secretary’s jobs is to develop foreign markets, which is something Otter has a lot of experience with. He’s led several trade missions as governor and traveled overseas as President of potato giant Simplot International, traveling to more than 80 countries.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.