A farm expert should be appointed to the vacant seat on the Federal Reserve Board, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Richard G. Lugar said in a recent letter to the President.

"A nominee familiar with the U.S. food and fiber sector-coupled, needless to say, with the requisite knowledge of monetary policy and the world's financial system-would be an asset to the board of governors," the Indiana Republican wrote in a Sept. 1 letter, which was released Thursday.

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