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Wyo. FSA appointees named

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

In a Jan. 13 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wyoming Farm Service Agency (FSA) press release, USDA announced appointees who will serve on the Wyoming USDA FSA state committee. 

Members of the FSA state committee are appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and are responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving program delivery appeals from the agriculture community, maintaining cooperative relations with industry stakeholders, keeping producers informed about FSA programs and operating in a manner consistent with USDA equal opportunity and civil rights policies.

Each FSA state committee is comprised of three to five members including a designated chairperson. The individuals appointed to serve on this committee for Wyoming include Committee Chair Gregor Goertz of Wheatland, John Hester of Keeline, Grant Stumbough of Casper and Cindy Garretson-Weibel of Cheyenne.

“The FSA state committee members play an integral role in the continuity of operations, equitable and inclusive program administration and ensure the overall integrity of services to the nation’s agricultural producers,” said Marcus Graham, FSA deputy administrator of field operations.  “These individuals have proven themselves to be leaders, early adopters and key influencers in the agriculture industry in their respective states – qualities which will serve them well in these key Biden-Harris administration leadership positions.”

The FSA serves farmers, ranchers, foresters and agricultural partners through the effective, efficient and equitable delivery of federal agricultural programs. The agency offers producers a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs. 

Additionally, through conservation programs, FSA continues to preserve and protect natural resources and provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit, including targeted loan funds for beginning, underserved, women and military veterans involved in production agriculture.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day. Under the Biden-Harris administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers and ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities.

USDA is also building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America and committing to equity across the department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. 

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