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Mitzi Perdue is a past president of American Agri-Women, the nation’s oldest and largest American farm women’s organization, a former Commissioner of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, and has served on the Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Service and the Madison Council Steering Committee of the Library of Congress. She is the author of more than 1600 newspaper and magazine articles on food, agriculture, the environment, and philanthropy, and was a syndicated columnist for 22 years, first for California’s Capitol News and later for the Scripps Howard News Service. Mrs. Perdue also produced and hosted more than 400 half hour interview shows and for two years was a broadcaster on the Coast to Coast Radio Network. She is currently corresponding editor for GEN: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News and writes the MP Post blog for the Academy of Women’s Health. She’s a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Women’s Day Magazine Women Who Inspire Us Award, and the President’s Award from the Maryland State Medical Society, for Bettering the Health Care of Maryland Citizens. She serves on the board directors of the Perdue Foundation. Mrs. Perdue is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in government, and she holds a Master’s degree from George Washington University.