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Source: Farm Credit Administration news release

Todd Batta has been named deputy director for congressional affairs for the Farm Credit Administration. He will support FCA's congressional liaison activities. His appointment was effective Jan. 9.

Prior to joining FCA, Mr. Batta was assistant secretary for congressional relations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he served as the principal political adviser to the Secretary and subcabinet on legislative, budget, and regulatory issues.

From April 2012 to June 2014, Mr. Batta was a senior adviser in the Office of the Secretary where he provided strategic political and policy advice, guidance, and recommendations to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary to advance the USDA's budget, legislative, and regulatory issues facing the Rural Development, Marketing and Regulatory Programs, and Food Safety and Inspection Service mission areas.

From September 2011 to April 2012, he served as legislative director of USDA's Office of Congressional Affairs where he coordinated the office's work to communicate USDA's legislative agenda and budget proposals with members of Congress, congressional staff, and stakeholders.

Before joining USDA, Mr. Batta was a legislative assistant in the office of U.S. Senator Herb Kohl from November 2009 to August 2011. From November 2005 to November 2009, he served as a member of the democratic professional staff on the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. He began his career on Capitol Hill in the Office of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin in August 2001, advancing to the position of director of scheduling.

Mr. Batta is a graduate of Winona State University in Winona, Minn., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

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