WASHINGTON — Mike Johanns, who as secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture helped reopen international markets for U.S. beef, resigned from his post last week to seek a Senate seat in his home state of Nebraska. Charles F. Conner, who served under Johanns as deputy secretary of agriculture, was named acting secretary by President Bush. Conner, who grew up on a family farm in Indiana, has served the USDA since May 2, 2005. He previously served on the National Economic Council as a ...

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