(Posted Fri. Jan 22nd, 2016)

The following is a statement from Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Newburg, Maryland, regarding U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden’s decision to step down in February.


“Deputy Secretary Harden described today as bittersweet. We could not agree more,” said Bowling “The National Corn Growers Association has had a long relationship with her, before and during her time at USDA. We are sad to see her go, but we wish her well in her next chapter and hope to work with her again in the future.”


“On a personal note, I appreciate Deputy Secretary Harden for her no-nonsense, common-sense leadership. At a time when too many people in Washington seem to be shouting at one another, she knows how to build bridges and put everyone at ease. Talking to Krysta feels like sitting down with a lifelong friend. She is a farm girl at heart, and USDA was a better place because of it. I will miss her, and I wish her the best,” said Bowling