RALEIGH – The Biden Administration recently appointed Bob Etheridge as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA North Carolina Farm Service Agency (FSA). Etheridge joined the North Carolina FSA team on Oct. 11, 2021.
Etheridge has a long history of public service, beginning with two years in the U.S. Army. First elected in 1996, he served 14 years in Congress representing North Carolina’s 2nd District. For twelve years, Etheridge served on the House Agriculture Committee and for two years as Chairman of the General Farm Commodity and Risk Management Subcommittee. Prior, he was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives and as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Etheridge returns to USDA after being appointed by President Obama to be FSA State Executive Director for North Carolina in 2013, where he served until January 2017.
As SED, Etheridge will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of FSA programs to agricultural producers in North Carolina. These commodity, conservation, credit, and disaster assistance programs ensure a safe, affordable, abundant, and nutritious food, fiber, and fuel supply for consumers.
The Farm Service Agency serves farmers, ranchers, foresters, and agricultural partners through the effective, efficient, and equitable delivery of federal agricultural programs. The Agency offers producers a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs. Additionally, through conservation programs, FSA continues to preserve and protect natural resources and provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit, including targeted loan funds for beginning, underserved, women and military veterans involved in production agriculture.
According to a news release, the Biden-Harris Administration is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America.