Caruso Named FSA Administrator

The United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on April 22 that he appointed Dough Caruso as Administrator.
The administers manage farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster and loan programs through state, county and federal offices. The FSA runs programs to help farmers and ranchers manage their business risks and improve the stability of the domestic agricultural economy.
“As FSA State Executive Director in Wisconsin for 8 years, Doug Caruso compiled an impressive record of improving client services and enhancing outreach to historically underserved farmers,” said Vilsack. “He is the right choice to serve America’s farmers, ranchers, rural landowners and communities that benefit from FSA’s services and to implement USDA’s goals of providing a safety-net for small and mid-sized farmers while promoting a sustainable, safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply.”
Caruso previously worked as CEO of Wisconsin Farmers Union Specialty Cheese and the State Executive Director of the FSA in Wisconsin. This office served 100,000 farmers and rural land owners throughout sixty county offices. He also worked as State Director for United States Senator Herb Kohl from 1989 to 1993.
His resume is quite impressive. During his work at Wisconsin’s FSA, Caruso participated in many programs and changes including multi-agency USDA initiatives and the Milk Income Loss Contract payment program in 2000. That same year the FSA honored him as “Outstanding State Executive Director” for “exemplary leadership, superior management skills, and significant contributions to the betterment of the Farm Service Agency at all levels.”
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