WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) issued the following statement in response to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement that Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will be leaving the Department.


“I am saddened to hear that Deputy Secretary Merrigan is leaving the USDA.  Because of her commitment and leadership, we have had a tireless leader at USDA for a range of issues like specialty crops, local food production, and organic food.  And her outreach to and engagement with producers across the country, including those in my home state of Connecticut, has been phenomenal.  She will be missed, but I wish her the best.”