Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Feb 1, 2016
Press Release

CAMILLA, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies issued the following statement regarding the resignation of U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, a native of Camilla, Georgia:

“Growing up on a peanut farm in Mitchell County, Krysta Harden was well familiar with the need to support our farmers, hunger and health initiatives, food safety, and environmental conservation by the time she joined USDA in 2009. As Deputy Secretary, Krysta has strengthened America’s agricultural economy, lead the administrative implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, and has overseen the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, making school lunch programs more available and nutritious.

“As her Congressman and a long-time friend, I couldn’t be more proud of Krysta’s accomplishments as Deputy Secretary. She represents the highest standard of public service and will certainly be missed at USDA. Moving forward, it is critical that a USDA Deputy Secretary is nominated who can increase accessibility to food and nutritional education, tackle the challenges of the agricultural industry with insight and discernment, and continue Deputy Secretary Harden’s high level of service for America’s farming families and rural communities.”