Farm groups await Obama appointments

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With the nation’s economic crisis taking center stage, everyone’s attention has been on President-elect Barack Obama’s choices for treasury secretary and other key economic posts. No one knows yet who will lead the Department of Agriculture or Environmental Protection Agency. But one group of Kansas cattlemen is already concerned.

“Nobody knows what to expect from the new administration,” Kansas Livestock Association spokesman Todd Domer told the Associated Press.

“Obviously, he didn’t have a broad agricultural platform. He doesn’t come from an agricultural background or district, and that presents some concerns,” Domer said.

Speculation for agriculture secretary has centered on three people: Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff, former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack and former congressman Charles Stenholm, of Texas.

Besides agriculture secretary, farm groups are keeping a close eye on who will lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

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