President Bush has nominated USDA Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Mark Keenum to be a Farm Credit Administration board member until May 2014. The president has not nominated Keenumâ€™s replacement at the USDA. Both positions require Senate confirmation.
The FCA is an independent federal agency responsible for examining and regulating the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of borrower-owned lending institutions and service organizations providing credit and related services to farmers, ranchers, agricultural cooperatives, and others.
The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry has received Keenumâ€™s nomination papers, but a confirmation hearing has not yet scheduled. The Senate is on recess this week and returns on July 7.
Keenum was chief of staff for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., prior to his work for the Bush administration.