WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a slate of Farm Service Agency (FSA) state committee appointees. State committees are selected by the secretary, serve at the pleasure of the secretary and are responsible for carrying out FSA’s farm programs within delegated authorities.
“The state committees will help to ensure USDA is providing our farmers, ranchers, foresters and agricultural producers with the best customer service,” Perdue said. “They serve as a liaison between USDA and the producers in each state across the nation by keeping them informed and hearing their appeals and complaints. The committees are made up mostly of active farmers and ranchers, representing their peers and ensuring USDA’s programs are supporting the American harvest.”
Ray Gaesser of Corning was named committee chair for Iowa. Also on the committee from Iowa were Nathan Anderson of Cherokee, Laura Cunningham of Nora Springs, Jim Stillman of Palo Alto and Pat Swanson of Ottumwa.
State committees are appointed for a one year term which began Jan. 1. Each state committee has five members, one chairperson and four members.