The Kosciusko County farmer will be based in Rome representing the United States at the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. President Donald Trump nominated Tom for the position last year.
U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light to salmon genetically modified to grow about twice as fast as normal, but the company behind it may face legal challenges before the fish can be sold domestically.
The number of wine wholesalers in Indiana has dwindled from hundreds to a couple of dozen. That has raised concerns for small wineries that might not produce enough wine to attract a major distributor.
Hemp became a legitimate agricultural crop late last year when a provision in the federal farm bill removed the plant from the list of federally controlled substances. Kentucky is poised to take advantage of the legal change.