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Gianforte appoints Department of Agriculture director


Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has appointed Christy Clark as director of the state Department of Agriculture.

Clark has been serving as the acting director of the department since former director Mike Foster began overseeing the state’s spending plan for federal stimulus dollars last spring. Foster then retired last October after about nine months with the Gianforte administration.

According to a new release, Clark began working at the Department of Agriculture in 2015 under former Gov. Steve Bullock. Before that, Clark served three terms as a Republican state representative in the Montana Legislature.

Her appointment received endorsements from the Montana Grain Growers Association, the Montana Farm Bureau Federation and the Montana Stockgrowers Association.

Clark is originally from Choteau.

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Shaylee is a UM Journalism School student. She reports and helps produce Montana Evening News on MTPR.