THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release December 8,
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ISLAM A. SIDDIQUI AS UNDER SECRETARY FOR MARKETING
AND REGULATORY PROGRAMS AT THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
President Clinton announced today his intent to nominate Islam A.
"Isi" Siddiqui as Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at
the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Dr. Islam A. Siddiqui, of Davis, California, has served as the
Executive Assistant to the Secretary at the USDA, focusing on the
coordination and development of the USDA?s agricultural trade policy since
1999. Previously, Dr. Siddiqui was Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and
Regulatory Programs, dealing with sanitary and phytosanitary issues in
international trade and agricultural marketing from 1997 to 1999. Before
joining the USDA, Dr. Siddiqui worked at the California Department of Food
and Agriculture for 28 years. As the Director for the Division of Plant
Industry, Dr. Siddiqui was responsible for the plant pest prevention
programs in California. He worked closely with USDA?s Foreign Agricultural
Service and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in resolving a
number of agricultural export problems with China, Japan, Australia, South
Korea, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union member nations.
Dr. Siddiqui received his B.S. in Plant Protection from Uttar Pradesh
Agricultural University in Pantnagar, India, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in
Plant Pathology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
The Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the USDA
provides leadership in the programs governing the inspection and grading of
meats, grains, produce and poultry; develops effective and efficient
marketing programs for domestic food and fiber; and manages veterinary
services, plant protection and quarantine efforts. Additionally, the Under
Secretary provides general direction over the programs and functions of the
Agricultural Marketing Service, Animal and Plant Health Service, and the
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.