Big Opportunity

November 15, 2011

Currents Magazine

When TODD BATTA ’01 headed to Washington after graduating from Winona State, he knew little about agriculture policy. He recognized, however, that “a big opportunity had presented itself.”
The history and political science major began his career on Capitol Hill working for Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, where he “dove into farm issues.” Batta moved to the Senate Agriculture Committee, where he helped craft the 2008 Farm Bill, the primary agricultural and food policy tool of the federal government.

After working the last two years in Senator Herb Kohl’s office, Batta joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture in September. As legislative director for the Office of Congressional Affairs, he won’t be far from the Hill. In his new position, he will serve as a liaison between the USDA and Congress as work begins on the 2012 Farm Bill.

“Farm bills are comprehensive pieces of legislation that affect every American,” says Batta. “It sets federal policy for commodity programs, farm credit, trade, agricultural conservation, research, rural development, energy, and foreign and domestic food programs such as food stamps.”

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About Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive public university with more than 8,500 students. The oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Winona State offers 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate, and doctorate programs on its three campuses: the original Main Campus in Winona, the West Campus in Winona, and Winona State University-Rochester.

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