The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that Ray Starling will replace Heidi Green as chief of staff, effective June 1.  Heidi Green is heading home to Georgia after helping Ag secretary Sonny Perdue during his first year in office.

Green is a former commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.  Starling, a lawyer, who grew up on a farm in southeast North Carolina, has been working at the White House as an ag adviser on the staff of the National Economic Council since Trump took office.  He was previously chief of staff for Senator Thom Tillis  (R-NC). From 1996-1997, Starling was vice president of the National Future Farmers of America Eastern Region.


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