George Bush nominated former two-term North Dakota governor Ed Shafer to be the next Secretary of Agriculture. Shafer would land in his post (if confirmed by the Senate) in the middle of a tangled farm bill debate. The ever-useful rounds up reports on the Shafer nomination. For example, Reuters reports that that, “Schafer would be the first agriculture secretary from the Upper Midwest since Bob Bergland in the Carter era,” and concluded by stating that, “Schafer was an unexpected nominee in agricultural circles. ‘Who’s that?’ asked one farm lobbyist.”

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