FSA Biographies

Richard Fordyce - FSA Administrator

Richard Fordyce
FSA Administrator

Richard Fordyce was sworn in as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator on May 23, 2018. In this role, Fordyce will provide leadership for FSA and its mission to support agricultural production across America through a network of over 2,100 county and 50 state offices.

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William Cobb
Deputy Administrator for Farm Loan Programs

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William "Bill" Beam, Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs

William "Bill" Beam
Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs

William “Bill” Beam was sworn in as the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Deputy

As Deputy Administrator, Beam is responsible for overseeing and implementing policies and procedures that regulate the delivery of federal farm programs. He along with DAFP staff oversee major portions of the farm bill including programs that help America’s farmers, ranchers and forest stewards manage market risks, recover from disasters and conserve and protect natural resources through FSA’s network of over 2,100 state and county offices.

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Peggy Browne
Deputy Administrator for Field Operations

Peggy Browne was sworn in as the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Deputy Administrator for Field Operations (DAFO) on Aug. 20, 2018.

As Deputy Administrator, Browne is responsible for the supervision and oversight of FSA’s network of over 2,100 state and county offices. She and her staff serve as primary liaisons between field and headquarters offices on agency-wide issues. The DAFO staff works to provide support and resources to over 18,000 FSA field team members to deliver efficient, effective service to the hardworking farmers, ranchers and producers across the United States and Territories.

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Mark Rucker, Deputy Administrator for Management

Mark Rucker
Deputy Administrator for Management

Mark Rucker was selected to serve as the Deputy Administrator for Management for the Farm Service Agency in December 2012. In this position Rucker is responsible for the oversight of the Acquisition Management Division, the Emergency Preparedness Division, the Human Resource Division and the Management Services Division. He also manages the Homeland Security functions for the Farm Service Agency.

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Darren Ash, Chief Information Officer

Darren Ash
Chief Information Officer

Darren Ash was selected to serve as the Chief Information Officer for the Farm Service Agency in March 2016.

As CIO, he leads and sets the strategic direction for FSA’s Information Technology Services Division while working in partnership with numerous USDA agencies to provide information resources for policy and decision making.

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Susan Craft
Chief Financial Officer

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Brian Garner, Civil Rights Director

Brian Garner
Director, Civil Rights

Brian S. Garner, Sr., was selected to serve as the Director of the Office of Civil Rights for the Farm Service Agency in March 2013.

He is responsible for providing leadership and direction in the development and implementation of civil rights policies, programs and procedures while managing equal employment opportunity issues, enforcing civil rights compliance and administering all fact-finding, investigative and resolution processes related to discrimination complaints.

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Joy Harwood, Economic Policy Analysis Staff Director

Joy Harwood
Director, Economic Policy Analysis Staff

Joy Harwood is Director of the Economic and Policy Analysis Staff (EPAS), a position she has held since March 2006. Her staff offers current insights into the market and policy issues affecting agency programs.

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Thomas Mulhern, Human Resources Director

Thomas Mulhern
Director, Human Resources

Thomas Mulhern was selected to serve as the Human Resources Director for the Farm Service Agency and Risk Management  Agency in May 2015.

As the director, Mulhern serves as the senior advisor and official for human resources and human capital programs and management.

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