Ben Thomas is the new Director of the Montana Department of Agriculture for 2017, pending confirmation from the Montana Legislature.
From the Governor's Office: Governor Bullock has selected Ben Thomas to serve as the Director of the Department of Agriculture. Ben has served in several departments within the US Department of Agriculture throughout his career, most recently serving as the Deputy Under Secretary, Marketing and Regulatory Programs. He received his undergraduate degree from Austin College and went on to earn a Juris Doctorate at Washington University School of Law and a Masters of Laws from the University of Arkansas School of Law in food and agricultural law. He served as legislative aide and counsel for Senator Max Baucus, where he played a lead role in developing the Farm Bill. Ben was raised on his family’s farm which is still in production today.
Currently, Kim Mangold is serving as Interim Director pending the arrival and confirmation of Mr. Thomas.