For most of last week, Missouri Farm Bureau President Charlie Kruse’s name was kicked around as a possibility to become the next United States Secretary of Agriculture. On Friday, he issued a statement saying he had asked that his name be withdrawn from consideration. In his first interview since his decision, Kruse tells the Missourinet several reasons played a role, but the most important was family considerations. Kruse says he needs to be with his family as it continues to deal with the death of his son. Kruse’s son Ben died this past summer in an A-T-V accident. Ben was 27-years-old. Kruse says the USDA post was never directly offered to him, but he does understand he was at least very seriously considered. Kruse says it’s flattering to be considered for a cabinet post, but he wanted to stay in Missouri. Kruse says he talked it over with his family and people he trusts before reaching his decision. He tells the Missourinet, “It’s very clear, that again, at this point in time I’m right where I need to be.” Kruse adds it’s important for President Bush to nominate someone as Agriculture Secretary who understands production agriculture. Kruse is president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, headquartered in Jefferson City. He farms corn and soybeans in Dexter, located in southeast Missouri. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman has announced she will leave the Bush Administration.
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