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Secord to Head Pennsylvania Farm Service Agency
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 01/14/2022

Thursday, President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint eight U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regional positions, including five Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Directors and three Rural Development (RD) State Directors.

"As we work to build a better America, we need talented and experienced staff working in our state offices," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "We are thrilled to welcome these dedicated individuals to USDA at such an important time in the Biden-Harris administration."

FSA State Executive Directors oversee Farm Service Agency operations and agricultural policy implementation in the state. Each State Executive Director works with the State Committee to administer FSA programs and County office operations, develops and maintains stakeholder relationships with customers and other agencies and governments.

Included in Thursday's announcement was Heidi Secord, who was named FSA state executive director for Pennsylvania.

Secord has over 26 years of farming and regenerative agriculture experience as the owner of the Josie Porter Farm in northeastern Pennsylvania. She currently serves as a farmer member on the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission, which she was appointed to by Governor Tom Wolf.

Secord previously served as the state president for the Pennsylvania Farmers Union and sat on the National Farmers Union Board of Directors.

She has engaged in agricultural policy committee work with multiple organizations, including PASA Sustainable Agriculture Board, Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations (PSCFO), All Together Now Pennsylvania, and the Monroe County Conservation District.

Earlier in her career, Secord served as a Peace Corps volunteer for three years in Mali and Lesotho.

She graduated with a degree in Business Management from the University of Rhode Island.

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