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Political ag picks

(article, Culinate staff)

Who will Obama name as his new secretary of agriculture? Produce industry news site The Packer has a list of possible contenders. Meanwhile, subscribers to the Community Food Security Coalition's listserv are busy discussing possibilities for all kinds of federal food positions, including folks who aren't career politicos: farmer Michael Ableman, Will Allen of Growing Power, and Tim LaSalle of the Rodale Institute. Want to join the discussion and lobby your Congressfolk for your faves? Subscribe to the COMFOOD listserv. And for those concerned about the food-politics appointment closest to the Obama family stomachs, Matthew Amster-Burton has personal faves for White House chef all lined up.