By Agri-Pulse Staff

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 – Effective on Monday, Jan. 31, Krysta Harden, Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations at USDA, will assume the role of Chief of Staff for Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. John Berge, currently Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations, will serve in the interim, per the line of succession, until a new Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations is named.

Krysta Harden, moving from her USDA Congressional Relations post next week to serve as Secretary Vilsack's 
new Chief of Staff. Photo: Agri-Pulse
Before confirmation to her Congressional Relations post, Harden was CEO of the National Association of Conservation Districts for five years and earlier a VP of the Gordley Associates consulting firm handling American Soybean Association duties. She spent 12 years on Capitol Hill as farm hand and chief of staff for former Rep. Charles Hatcher, D-Ga.

Berge, a one-time state executive director of the Farm Service Agency in Nebraska, handled White House liaison at USDA for the first year of the Obama administration. He chaired the Obama campaign in Nebraska in 2008 and has been an assistant to three Nebraska Democratic senators.

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