More USDA nominations were announced by the White House. President Barack Obama plans to nominate Kevin W. Concannon as under-secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, and Rajiv J. Shah, MD, as under-secretary of research, education and economics and chief scientist. Concannon has served as director of health and human service agencies in Iowa, Maine and Oregon. Shah currently serves as director of the ag development program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.