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    Secretary of Ag

    Food Safety, Bioterrorism, Genetically Engineered Foods, Organic Regulations, the future of family farmers and rural America ...

    On January 21, Mike Johanns, the former Governor of Nebraska, was sworn in as the new Secretary of Agriculture.

    "As Governor of Nebraska, Mike Johanns has demonstrated his support for fiscal conservatism, value-added production, free trade, renewable energy, and agricultural stewardship," commented Jim Riddle, chairman of the National Organic Standards Boards and Organic Policy advisor to, in a recent article.

    Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, as we explore the challenges facing Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns.

    This Week's Guests:

    Philip Brasher — Washington Correspondent, Des Moines Register

    Phil Brasher is the Washington Correspondent for the Des Moines Register. He has been writing about agriculture and political issues for many years. Prior to joining the Register, Phil was the senior agricultural writer for the Associated Press.

    Laura Krebsbach — Nebraska Sierra Club

    Laura represents the Nebraska chapter of the Sierra Club. She has worked with the Nebraska Farmers Union on issues including large-scale agriculture and renewable engergy, and is now Sierra Club's national expert on Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).

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  • Read Phil's articles about Mike Johanns
  • Learn more about CAFOs

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