Farm Bureau Chief Economist John Newton is joining the Senate Agriculture Committee staff. Newton will serve as Chief Economist for the Ranking Member John Boozman, an Arkansas Republican. Boozman announced the appointment of 15 staff members this week. The Senator says, “I am excited to move forward with this accomplished team.” AFBF President Zippy Duvall says, “Although I am sorry to see John go, I am also pleased to know he will serve in such an important role.” Before joining AFBF, he served as the chief economist for the National Milk Producers Federation. Newton holds a doctorate in agricultural economics and master’s degrees in macroeconomics and agricultural economics, all obtained at Ohio State University. Boozman also added Pam Miller as a Senior Professional Staff member. Miller previously served as the administrator of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. And, Martha Scott Poindexter returns to the Committee as staff director for the Republican side. She had previously led the committee staff from 2005-2010.