USDA Staffs Up with New Appointments

USDA FAS Admin Ken Isley, middle-aged, bald, white man wearing suit, sitting in chair in front of bookcaseWASHINGTON, DC -- Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the selection of several senior leaders within U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies. Perdue appointed Ken Isley as Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator, where among many other priorities he will oversee the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) programs that help build and maintain overseas markets for U.S. agriculture.  Isley spent nearly three decades at DowDuPont where he most recently served as Special Adviser for Corteva Agriscience, an agriculture division of DowDuPont.

“We welcome Administrator Isley to the team that helps U.S. agriculture expand exports.  USA Rice values the partnership we have with FAS and rely on their programs to effectively promote rice worldwide,” said Betsy Ward, USA Rice president & CEO.  “We thank Jim Higgiston for the great job he’s done as acting administrator and look forward to meeting Administrator Isley soon.”

Additionally, Joel Baxley was named Rural Housing Service (RHS) Administrator and Martin Barbre as Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator.

“President Trump has made increasing prosperity in rural America a priority for his administration, and our new USDA team members will be key in advancing us toward that goal,” Secretary Perdue said.  “Improving economic conditions in rural America involves providing services to farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers, and it also means helping people who live in those communities.  In addition, we must continually try to find new markets for the agricultural bounty they produce.  Our new leaders in FAS, RHS, and RMA will help us carry out our mission.”