WASHINGTON — Mike Johanns, who as Secretary of Agriculture helped reopen international markets for U.S. beef, resigned from his post yesterday to pursue “a new opportunity to serve this great nation,” which is expected to be a U.S. Senate seat representing his home state of Nebraska. In a press conference, President Bush called Johanns “an outstanding member of my cabinet” who brought “focus and energy” to the USDA. Charles F. Conner, who served under Johanns as deputy secretary of ...

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