Agriculture Secretary appoints Bruce Nelson as Farm Service Agency Administrator

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Friday announced the appointment of Bruce Nelson as Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator, effective July 3, 2011.

“Bruce Nelson has served as a state executive director in two administrations, and ably as acting FSA Administrator here in Washington,” said Vilsack.  “He brings a wealth of experience to this position, and will work tirelessly to serve rural America’s farmers, ranchers and producers.”

Nelson was selected to serve as acting Administrator for FSA in May 2011, and previously served as FSA state executive director (SED) in Montana, a position he was appointed to in 2009 by President Obama.  Nelson, who is from Fort Benton, Montana, also served as SED in Montana from 1993-2000 during the administration of former President Bill Clinton, and was awarded the Administrator’s Distinguished Service Award.  He has also served as the Chief of Staff to Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.

In 1995, Nelson received the USDA Secretary Honor Award and in 2000, he received the national award from the Intertribal Agriculture Council.  He spent many summers working on a family farm and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Montana.

Source: USDA Office of Communications

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