U.S. President Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy as director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture links the USDA with the land-grant university community, including historically Black colleges and universities, Native American institutions, Hispanic and other universities, and other public and private organizations, to advance research, extension and higher education in the food and agricultural sciences and related environmental, social and human sciences. Ramaswamy is currently dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University.