New USDA, Obama Administration Apointee to Iowa Farm Service Agency Committee

On Nov. 24, Drake Law School’s state food policy project coordinator, Matt Russell, was appointed to the Iowa Farm Services Agency Committee under the Obama administration.

The Iowa FSA is tasked with improving the overall economic prosperity and stability of the state’s farming community. Although the date of the FSA’s first meeting has not yet been set, the committee will meet on a monthly basis to discuss how Iowa farm stewardship can be improved economically and agriculturally. The agency will also hear appeals from the county committees.

When President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, Russell decided to apply for a position on the FSA committee.

“There were only a handful of appointments in the state of Iowa, including two federal judges and a few USDA members,” Russell said.

After filling out the application, Russell worked closely with Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and other state political leaders. Russell also found support through the Drake community, particularly from agricultural law professor and director, Neil Hamilton.

Russell said he is eager to begin promot­ing Iowa’s ag­ricultural in­dustry through the FSA…

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