US appoints new secretary of agriculture
A new secretary of agriculture has been appointed in the US. Ed Schafer, the former governor of North Dakota, will take the reins from Chuck Conner, who has been serving as acting secretary since the resignation of Mike Johanns in September (Animal Pharm No 622, p 10). Mr Schaefer's nomination has yet to be confirmed by the Senate. Meanwhile, Mr Conner is expected to resume his post as deputy secretary.