Former Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce takes over as the new Missouri Farm Service Agency executive director.
A little over a week from being appointed by the Trump administration as the new state executive director for the USDA Missouri Farm Service Agency, Fordyce met his new team today.
Fordyce was the Missouri director of agriculture from 2013 to 2017. He recently finished an 11-year term on the United Soybean Board and served as the chairman of the state’s Soil and Water Districts Commission from 2005 to 2013. In 1995, Fordyce served as Young Farmers chairman for the American Farm Bureau. He and his wife, Renee, operate a row crop and commercial cattle operation in Bethany, in northwest Missouri.
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 women farmers and ranchers.
Under the direction of Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. Fordyce will direct the mission of the USDA with four guiding principles: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell foods 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 bounty.
As FSA executive director, Fordyce will use his leadership experience to oversee FSA programs in a customer-focused manner to ensure a safe, affordable, abundant and nutritious food supply for consumers.
Source: Missouri FSA