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- Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns, is joining alliantgroup as the firm’s new Chairmen of Agriculture.
- Mahindra North America and RFD-TV are honoring first responders with an essay contest. Police departments, firefighter departments, and EMTs are eligible to be nominated by anyone over the age of 18.
- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has appointed three positions within the USDA’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS). Brandon Lipps will serve as Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service and also Acting Deputy Under Secretary of FNCS until the Senate confirms a permanent appointee. Maggie Lyons has been named Chief of Staff and senior advisor to the Under Secretary and Kailee Tkacz is a policy advisor.
- MGEX, a Designated Contract Market and Derivatives Clearing Organization, has broken the July monthly volume record. The previous record, set in July 2015, was 188,361; volume through Wednesday of this week was 191,324 contracts.
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Mike Johanns was the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2005-2007 as well as the Governor of Nebraska from 1999-2005 and the state’s U.S. Senator from 2009-2015. As alliantgroup’s Chairman of Agriculture, Johanns brings more than 30 years of experience at virtually every level of government and a strong background in both agriculture and economic development. As the Secretary of Agriculture, he managed 18 different agencies, opened or expanded access to 40 international markets and was responsible for multiple agricultural breakthroughs as a negotiator for the Doha Development Round.