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MI Among First FSA, Rural Development State Director Installments
Michigan Ag Connection - 10/13/2021

Following a press release from President Joe Biden announcing the appointment of several regional appointments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced the appointments of five Farm Service Agency (FSA) state executive directors and seven Rural Development (RD) state directors.

"These 12 individuals are incredible public servants who have a proven track record when it comes to their commitment to advance their states and communities," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Each will serve on the frontlines, carrying out USDA's mission at the state level and ensuring the voice of each and every USDA customer is heard. We are fortunate to have each of these talented individuals at this critical time for farmers and producers and rural communities across America."

FSA state executive directors oversee FSA operations and agricultural policy implementation in the state. Each state executive director works with the State Committee to administer FSA programs and County office operations, develops and maintains stakeholder relationships with customers and other agencies and governments.

RD state directors serve as the chief executive officer of Rural Development in the states and territories and are tasked with carrying out the mission of rural development to the benefit of everyone in rural America. In conjunction with the guidance and support of the National Office, state directors are responsible for promoting the mission and strategic goals of Rural Development and provide key leadership to develop and support a productive, diverse, and inclusive state workforce.

Dr. Timothy Boring has been appointed FSA state executive director for Michigan

Boring operates his family's sixth-generation farm in Stockbridge, raising a wide variety of grain crops utilizing soil health and regenerative agriculture principles. He is the President and Founder of Michigan Agriculture Advancement, an organization dedicated to improving the economic, environmental, and social state of Michigan agriculture. Boring has served on the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development, as Vice President of the Michigan Agri-Business Association and as Research Director of the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee. He holds a Master of Science and PhD in Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University.

Brandon Fewins has been appointed RD state director for Michigan

Fewins has served as northern Michigan regional manager for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow for over 20 years. He has extensive experience working with elected officials, community leaders, USDA and agencies at all levels of government on local economic development and rural development initiatives. He has been an advisor to the Senator and staff of the U.S Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on issues related to Michigan agriculture, forestry, rural development, the Great Lakes, and conservation. Brandon is a lifelong resident of the Grand Traverse region, grew up on a centennial farm and owns a small business.


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