Senate Agriculture Committee Advances Wilkes to be Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ranking Member, today announced that the Committee voted to advance Dr. Homer L. Wilkes to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment. 

“The Natural Resources and Environment mission area is on the forefront of tackling the climate crisis.” said Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow. “Dr. Wilkes is a dedicated public servant and strong bipartisan choice to lead USDA’s efforts to restore and protect the health of our public forests and grasslands.”

“Dr. Wilkes has over 40 years of public service, immense expertise and a track record of successfully building partnerships with a variety of stakeholders. If confirmed, I believe Dr. Wilkes will bring the same qualities and characteristics demonstrated during his long tenure at NRCS to his role as under secretary, which is exactly what is needed in that role. That is the type of engagement which is crucial to keeping our forests healthy and working,” said Ranking Member Boozman

The Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Dr. Homer Wilkes on August 05, 2021.