New Faces to Farm Service Agency & USDA

Changes in Iowa officiating were put into effect this week.
Rep. John Whitaker (D-Hillsboro) submitted his resignation to the Legislature to take a place as Iowa Director of the Farm Service Agency.
“As a farmer and public servant over the last two decades, I am excited about this new opportunity to work with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and renew the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s commitment to Iowa farmers and rural communities,” Whitaker said in a statement.
A special election will be set in the next five days to find his replacement. Curt Hanson announced his bid to take his place via Twitter.
In other news, USDA Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack announced many new members of the USDA this past week including William Menner as Iowa’s director of rural development.
Menner was the executive director of Poweshiek Iowa Development, nonprofit economic development organization.
Menner’s wing will manage over 40 programs laid out by congress. He will oversee 6,100 employees in state, national and local offices.
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