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Panel OKs Kip Tom as UN ag envoy

September 19, 2018

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee gave its blessing Tuesday to the nomination of Kosciusko County farmer Kip Tom for agriculture ambassador to the United Nations.

By a unanimous voice vote, the committee advanced Tom and eight other executive-branch nominees to the entire Senate for consideration. If he is confirmed, Tom would become the U.S. representative to the Rome-based U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture.

President Donald Trump nominated Tom, 63, for the post in July. Tom testified at a confirmation hearing conducted by the Foreign Relations Committee in August.

Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., is a member of the committee. After Tuesday’s vote, Young said in a statement that Tom “is uniquely qualified to serve in this position that is so important to international food security.”

Tom is chief executive officer of Leesburg-based Tom Farms, which grows corn, soybeans and seed corn in seven northern Indiana counties and is one of the state’s largest farming operations. He has worked in agribusiness around the world.

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said Tuesday in a statement that Tom “exemplifies the best of Hoosier values and I expect he will do an outstanding job as the first Hoosier representing the United States at the UN” as agriculture ambassador if confirmed.

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