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Gumucio Top Candidate For No. 3 USDA Post

January 14, 1988

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Fernando R. Gumucio, a former senior executive in the food industry, has emerged as a top candidate for the No. 3 job in the Agriculture Department, sources said Thursday.

Gumucio until Dec. 31 headed operations of Del Monte-USA, San Francisco, Calif., part of Nabisco Brands Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of RJR Nabisco, Atlanta, Ga.

According to the sources, who insisted on anonymity, Gumucio is a prime candidate to succeed Daniel G. Amstutz as undersecretary for international affairs and commodity programs. The post is generally recognized as the third- ranking job in the department.

David R. Lane, director of USDA’s office of information, said he had not heard Gumucio was in the running for the post and had no comment.

Amstutz left the USDA job last Aug. 1 after more than four years. He is now a special envoy for agricultural trade and development in the State Department.

When Amstutz left, there was some speculation he would be succeeded by his deputy, Richard W. Goldberg, who has been acting undersecretary since Amstutz left. But then it appeared that Thomas O. Kay, administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Services - one of the agencies overseen by Amstutz - was favored.

One of the sources, however, said Kay withdrew after running into some oppostition in the White House clearance process.

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