AUSTIN, Texas -- President-elect George W. Bush last week said he named Ann M. Veneman to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in his forthcoming administration, pending Congressional approval. secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 1995 to 1999, Veneman directed the state agency that oversees the largest agricultural economy in the nation. Drawing on her background in international trade, she made it a priority to expand global opportunities for ...

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