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U.S. Ag secretary named to top UNICEF post

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan Tuesday appointed outgoing U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman to head the U.N. Children's Fund.

Senator questions USDA's mad cow policies

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Agriculture officials have agreed to meet with a senator's staff about alleged violations of mad cow disease safeguards, UPI has learned.

Bush names Neb. gov. agriculture secretary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- President Bush Thursday nominated Republican Mike Johanns, a two-term Nebraska governor, as secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Nelson unlikely to join Bush Cabinet

OMAHA, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., is not interested in becoming President Bush's next agriculture secretary, the Omaha World-Herald said Friday.

Bush names Spellings education chief

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush named Texan Margaret Spellings as his nominee to replace former school superintendent Rod Paige as Secretary of Education.

Greens see hope in Veneman departure

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Conservationists were hopeful Monday the departure of Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman might lead to better protections for the nation's wildlands.

Secretary of State Powell resigns

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell submitted his resignation to President Bush, it was announced Monday.

Powell glad part of anti-terror team

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said in his resignation letter he was "pleased" to have been part of the team in the fight against terror.

Powell, three others resign

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell and three other Cabinet secretaries have resigned from the Bush administration, the White House announced Monday.

Food safety institute is inaugurated

MIAMI, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The Food Safety Institute of the Americas, which will promote food safety programs across the Americas, was inaugurated Wednesday in Miami.

Paris and Washington spar over poor tax

PARIS, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- U.S.-French relations are again under strain in the United Nations, this time over a new proposal by French President Jacques Chirac for a global poverty tax.

No mad cow results for nearly 500 cows

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture failed to test for mad cow disease or collect the correct portion of the brain on nearly 500 suspect cows over the past two years -- including some in categories considered most likely to be infected -- according to agen
STEVE MITCHELL, United Press International

USDA mad cow test unreliable on dead cows

WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- A new study suggests the mad cow disease test used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in its new surveillance program may be unreliable and could be missing cases of the deadly disorder under the majority of conditions in which it is used.
STEVE MITCHELL, United Press International

USDA praised and grilled on mad cow

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Department of Agriculture officials were both grilled and commended at a congressional hearing Wednesday for their handling of mad cow disease.

USDA's own audit slams its mad cow plan

WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's mad cow disease surveillance plan has numerous problems that may have reduced the chances of detecting the deadly disease among U.S. herds, according to a draft report from the agency's inspector general.
STEVE MITCHELL, United Press International
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Ann Margaret Veneman (born June 29, 1949) is currently the Executive Director of UNICEF. She was the first woman to become the United States Secretary of Agriculture. She announced her resignation as Secretary on November 15, 2004, which took effect on January 20, 2005. On January 18, 2005, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced Secretary Veneman's appointment as the fifth Executive Director of UNICEF. The appointment was made effective with the end of the term of former UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy on May 1, 2005.

Veneman was raised on a peach farm in Modesto, California. Her father, John Veneman, was former undersecretary of Health, Education and Welfare and member of the California State Assembly. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Public Policy from the Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She has also been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2001); Lincoln University (Missouri) (2003);Delaware State University(2004) and Middlebury College (2006) .

Veneman began her legal career as a staff attorney with the General Counsel's office of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District in Oakland, California, in 1976. In 1978, she returned to Modesto, where she served as a Deputy Public Defender. In 1980, she joined the Modesto law firm of Damrell, Damrell and Nelson, where she was an associate and later a partner.

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