Scott Hutchins, the global leader of integrated field sciences for Corteva Agriscience, will be nominated by President Donald Trump to be USDA’s undersecretary for research, education and economics. 

Hutchins, an entomologist, also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska.

Hutchins’ “extensive background in research and commitment to sound science and data make him exceptionally qualified for this post, and I am eager to have Dr. Hutchins join the team,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. 

“USDA now has four highly qualified nominees awaiting action in the Senate Agriculture Committee. It is my hope the committee moves expeditiously to consider these highly qualified individuals as soon as possible.”

Hutchins was global director for crop protection research and development at Dow AgroSciences before the merger with DuPont that resulted in the creation of Corteva. He is a past president of the Entomological Society of America.

Hutchins has bachelor’s degree in entomology from Auburn University, a master’s degree from Mississippi State University and a doctorate from Iowa State University.

Trump campaign adviser Sam Clovis was originally nominated for the USDA post but withdrew in the face of heavy Senate opposition

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