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Trump Taps Ex-Monsanto Executive to Lead Wildlife Agency

Department of Interior Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks Aurelia Skipwith. PHOTO: Sail-World/Union Sportsmen’s Alliance

By Matthew Daly | 23 October 2018

AP — President Donald Trump says he is nominating a former executive at agribusiness giant Monsanto to head the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Aurelia Skipwith of Indiana is currently deputy assistant Interior secretary for fish, wildlife and parks.

A biologist and lawyer, Skipwith spent more than six years at Monsanto and has worked at the Agriculture Department and U.S. Agency for International Development.

If confirmed by the Senate, Skipwith would be the first African-American to head the wildlife agency, which has 9,000 employees and a $2.8 billion annual budget. […]

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