Appointments are falling into place to flesh out the staffing of the USDA Farm Service Agency state committee, the people who are responsible for the administration of farm bill programs across the state and who will bear most of the responsibility for local implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill when it eventually passes Congress.
Members of the state committee are also responsible for county committee operations, resolving appeals from the agriculture community and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs.
Each state committee has five members, one chairperson and four members. The individuals appointed to serve on this committee include: Committee Chair Garrett Love, Gray County; Lexy Goyer, Cowley County; Nicholas Guetterman, Miami/Johnson County; Michael Jordan, Mitchell County, and Greg McCurry, Sedgwick County.
The Farm Service Agency serves farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs. The agency offers farmers a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs. FSA continues to conserve natural resources and provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit, including special emphasis on beginning, underserved and female farmers and ranchers.
USDA officials have pledged that under the direction of Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused.
“Secretary Perdue leads the USDA with four guiding principles: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell food and fiber, and feed and clothe the world; to prioritize customer service for the taxpayers; to ensure that our food supply is safe and secure, and to maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with our miraculous bounty,” a USDA statement on the FSA appointments read. “Understanding that we live in a global economy where trade is of top importance, Secretary Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.”
Source: USDA Farm Service Agency