Sam Clovis Admits His Relevant Experience for USDA Post is: “None”
It looks like Sam Clovis, President Trump’s nominee for the top science position at the Department of Agriculture, is the latest person to notice that he would bring no relevant science background to the role.
When asked by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, what kind of experience he has in either agricultural or natural sciences, Clovis’ reply was simple: none.
“Please list all graduate level courses you have taken in natural science,” Stabenow asked in a letter obtained by the Washington Post.
“None,” Clovis replied.
Stabenow continued, asking Clovis to “list all membership and leadership roles you have held within any agricultural scientific, agricultural education, or agricultural economic organizations.” Again, Clovis replied “none.”
Stabenow then asked Clovis to “describe any awards, designations, or academic recognition you have received specifically related to agricultural science,” to which Clovis also replied “none.”
Clovis has been nominated for undersecretary of research, education, and economics at the USDA, where he would oversee hundreds of science programs and thousands of scientists within the agency. USDA scientists conduct research on a wide variety of topics, from nutritional health to plant breeding. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) — the agency’s main science program — has an operating budget of more than $1 billion.