The Biden administration recently appointed Harnett County’s Bob Etheridge as the new state executive director for the USDA North Carolina Farm Service Agency. Etheridge joined the North Carolina FSA team earlier this month.
“Individuals selected to serve as FSA State Executive Directors are incredible public servants who have a proven track record when it comes to their commitment to advance their states and communities,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Each will serve on the frontlines, carrying out USDA’s mission at the state level and ensuring the voice of each and every USDA customer is heard. We are fortunate to have each of these talented individuals at this critical time for farmers and producers and rural communities across America.”
Etheridge is a dedicated public servant with a long history of service to his country, 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 12 years, Etheridge served on the House Agriculture Committee and for two years as chairman of the General Farm Commodity and Risk Management Subcommittee. Prior to that, 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 former President Barack Obama to be FSA State Executive Director for North Carolina in 2013, where he served until January 2017.
As the state executive director, 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 state executive director is a pivotal leadership position for the agency and for the agricultural producers we serve,” said Marcus Graham, FSA deputy administrator for field operations. “These leaders, appointed by the Biden-Harris Administration, bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to their respective states. We are happy to have them on board and wish them much success.”
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.