Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New EPA Senior Agricultural Adviser Named

Sarah Bittleman
Sarah Bittleman, a senior official at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), has moved to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to serve as that agency's Senior Agricultural Counselor, replacing Larry Elworth, who recently retired. Bittleman had been serving as senior adviser to USDA Secretary Vilsack, specializing in energy and the EPA. Before joining USDA, she worked at the Department of Interior, and before that as a Senate and House staffer, specializing in agriculture, energy, natural resources, Native Americans and climate change.  Bittleman will advise EPA on how environmental issues that the agency addresses affect farmers and ranchers, according to an EPA statement, which also noted that  “EPA is dedicated to an open and constructive working relationship with the agriculture community, as with all stakeholders.  Sarah’s work will continue to ensure that the overlaps among environmental and agricultural issues and the concerns of rural communities are carefully considered in every action EPA takes."

She received a bachelor's degree in political science from Union College in New York, a master of public administration from East Carolina University and a juris doctorate from Tulane University School of Law.

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