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Trump nominates local farmer to serve the United Nations

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. – A Leesburg farmer was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as an agricultural ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday. Leesburg is home to just over 500 people, but it is home to the man who was appointed to make an impact on world hunger and how American agri-business is handled.

Kip Tom is the chairman of Tom Farms; a multi-generational farm that is one of the biggest corn and soybean growers Indiana.  Not only do Tom’s crops that reach internationally, but Kip Tom has done humanitarian work in countries all over the world.

Tom told ABC57 that he is ready to take on the mission that he is passionate about. He says that the ambassador title doesn’t mean as much as the responsibilities of the job.

After Tom lost a primary congressional race against Representative Jim Banks, Tom served on Trump’s agricultural advisory committee. According to an article the Indy Star wrote last year, there were rumors that Tom would be considered for the agriculture secretary position, and it was reported tom has shared thoughts on estate tax and reform with Trump. The Indy Star reported he told Trump that under current estate taxes, he might have to sell off assets in order to pass his farm on to the next generation.

The nomination must be approved by the Senate.

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