USDA's Taylor tapped for top ag job in Oregon
By Sara Wyant
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2015 - Alexis Taylor, who currently serves USDA as the Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, has been nominated for the top agricultural job in Oregon.
In her role at USDA, Taylor is responsible for advancing international trade policy and leads efforts with states to support and open new, international market opportunities for U.S. food and agriculture producers. Additionally, Taylor leads the USDA's Women in Agriculture Initiative , dedicated to fostering and growing a mentoring network for women pursuing careers in agriculture across the country.
Taylor was raised on an Iowa farm and graduated from Iowa State University. She served in the United States Army Reserves from 1998 to 2006. During her time in the Reserves she did one tour in Iraq with the 389th Combat Engineer Battalion.
If confirmed by the Oregon Senate, she will succeed Lisa Hanson, who was appointed Oct. 1 as interim director of the Department of Agriculture.
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