Sonny Ramaswamy Chosen to Head NIFA

Sonny Ramaswamy, dean of Oregon State University's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been chosen by the Obama administration to head the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that dispenses research grants and supports agricultural education and extension programs through the nation's network of land grant universities.

Dr. Ramaswamy became a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) in 2005, and is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“On behalf of the ESA, I want to congratulate Dr. Ramaswamy on his appointment as Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA),” said Dr. Grayson Brown, President of the Entomological Society of America. “His appointment is a recognition of the outstanding record of leadership that he has established over the years, and I can think of no one better equipped to lead this important institute. While we realize that NIFA supports many programs, we in entomology are especially proud that one of 'us' will be in this high post.”

The appointment was also welcomed by US Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack. "I welcome the President's intent to appoint Dr Ramaswamy, a man with a distinguished career as a scientist, professor and leader within higher education, and someone who will surely help to position NIFA as a modern and efficient service organisation that is closely in tune with the long-term vitality of the food and agricultural sciences."

"By investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future... NIFA's work has proven integral to the health and security of all Americans. And I am confident that Dr Ramaswamy will uphold this vital mission," Vilsack said.

Ramaswamy will begin his new job later this spring.

Further Reading:

- "President Obama Announces Intent to Appoint Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy as Director of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture," USDA Press Release

- "Sonny Ramaswamy, Oregon State's Agricultural Dean, Chosen to Head Federal Research Institute,"

- "President Appoints Former Purdue Dean as Director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture,"