President Donald Trump has picked Indiana agriculture leader Kip Tom to be the U.S. representative in Rome to the U.N. World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization. 

Tom is chairman of Leesburg, Ind.-based Tom Farms, which has operations in northern Indiana and Argentina. He served on Trump’s agricultural advisory committee during the 2016 campaign and met with the president-elect  in January 2017 during Trump’s search for an agriculture secretary. 

Tom has served as a crop production consultant to various companies in Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

Tom serves on the boards of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Future Farmers of America Foundation, and the National 4-H Foundation. He is the recipient of the 2015 Agriculture Future of America Ag Leader of the Year Award.

The Rome position has been vacant since 2016, when David J. Lane, a nominee of President Barack Obama, left the post. Previous U.S. ambassadors to the WFP and FAO have included the late Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D., and former Rep. Tony Hall, D-Ohio. 

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