"We are very pleased that President Biden has nominated Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young to become USDA's next Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, where she will continue her crucial work on behalf of America's land-grant and public universities. Dr. Jacobs-Young has been a friend and partner with the land-grant university system throughout her distinguished career. As Director of USDA's Agriculture Research Service and her other top-level positions, she has a proven track record of delivering strong results. In her new capacity, she will build upon her many achievements while championing agricultural innovation and advancement. APLU enthusiastically supports Dr. Jacobs-Young nomination, and we look forward to working alongside her to advance agricultural research, education, and Extension across the country."