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Former Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer
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Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer-Biography

Ed Schafer was sworn in as the 29th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on January 28, 2008. Secretary Schafer brings a record as an innovative two-term governor of North Dakota to USDA along with extensive private sector experience as both an entrepreneur and a business executive.

 VIDEO: Ed Schafer's Farewell Remarks (Jan 15, 2009)
Secretary Schafer and Deputy Secretary Conner Hold News Conference Call with Reporters
 TRANSCRIPT and AUDIO: News Conference Call with Reporters Discussing Administration Accomplishments (Jan. 9, 2009)
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 TRANSCRIPT and VIDEO: Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer Meets USDA Employees
 DOWNLOAD: High Resolution Photo of Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer Before Senate Agriculture Committee. - Official USDA Photo 01/24/08
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