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Camilla native confirmed for No. 2 USDA post

Krysta Harden

Krysta Harden

WASHINGTON -- Krysta Harden, a native of Camilla, was confirmed as deputy secretary of agriculture by the U.S. Senate Thursday evening.

Harden was nominated by President Barack Obama to take the place of Kathleen A. Merrigan, who resigned.

The confirmation was made by a voice vote by the Senate.

Harden had 16 years of experience on Capitol Hill, including time as staff director of the House Agriculture Peanut and Tobacco Subcommittee. She served six years as chief executive officer of the National Association of Conservation Districts, which represents the 3,000 districts tasked with carrying out natural resource management programs.

Most recently, she served as Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's chief of staff.