Trump taps pesticide company exec to be USDA's chief scientist

Trump taps pesticide company exec to be USDA's chief scientist
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE this week named a former Dow Chemical Company executive who worked in the company's pesticide division to be chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the third major hire of a Dow alumnus in his administration.

Trump on Monday announced his intention to nominate Scott Hutchins to the position, one that has remained open since the nomination of Sam Clovis to the same post last year. Clovis had no scientific credentials and eventually withdrew his nomination, Mother Jones reported.

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Hutchins received a Ph.D. in entomology from Iowa State University in 1987 and has since worked for the Dow Chemical Company in its crop protection division, which includes the production of pesticides. Hutchins previously served as the global director for the company's crop protection services division.

His nomination comes after Trump successfully nominated another former Dow employee, Ted McKinney, to be undersecretary for trade last year. McKinney had worked for almost two decades as part of the company's lobbying team in Washington.

Dow Chemical Company, which is headquartered in Midland, Mich., contributed more than $1 million to Trump's 2016 campaign, according to Mother Jones. The Environmental Protection Agency later reversed a plan passed by the Obama administration to ban a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, which Dow manufactures, Mother Jones reported.