The US Senate voted on Oct. 7 to confirm Xochitl Torres Small as USDA’s Under Secretary for Rural Development. President Joe Biden appointed Small to fill the post in June 2021.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a statement supporting Small’s confirmation on October 12. Migrant farm workers and originally from rural New Mexico, Representative Torres Small represents the heart and soul of rural communities. In this role, she will be the steadfast voice of millions of rural Americans and lead efforts to revitalize rural economies by implementing President Biden’s aggressive plans as part of Build Back Better. I look forward to working with Representative Torres Small to advance USDA’s mission of advancing equity and opportunity in and for rural America and I have full confidence in his ability to excel in this vital role. within the department. “
USDA Rural Development administers many programs related to biofuels and bioenergy, including the advanced payment program for biofuels; the Renewable and Biosourced Chemicals Manufacturing Assistance Program for Biorefineries; the higher blends infrastructure incentive program; and the Rural Energy for America program.