ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Nov. 9, 2017- The Trump Administration recently appointed Jim Eichhorst as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Maryland Farm Service Agency (FSA). Eichhorst will join the Maryland FSA team on Monday, Nov. 27.

Trump Administration Appoints Jim Eichhorst to Serve as State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Nov. 9, 2017- The Trump Administration recently appointed Jim Eichhorst as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Maryland Farm Service Agency (FSA). Eichhorst will join the Maryland FSA team on Monday, Nov. 27.

Eichhorst currently serves as Deputy Secretary for the Maryland Department of Agriculture. He was raised on a corn and soybean farm in Champaign County, Illinois, and holds a degree in agriculture education from the University of Illinois. He previously worked as an aide for U.S. Congressmen Thomas Ewing (R-IL) and Tim Johnson (R-IL) and served as an appointee at USDA under the George W. Bush Administration. Prior to moving to Maryland, he ran the family farming operation. Eichhorst resides in Annapolis with his wife, Amy.

The Farm Service Agency serves farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs. The agency offers farmers a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs. FSA continues to conserve natural resources and also provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit, including special emphasis on beginning, underserved and women farmers and ranchers.

Under the direction of Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. Secretary Perdue leads the USDA with four guiding principles: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell foods and fiber, and feed and clothe the world; to prioritize customer service for the taxpayers; to ensure that our food supply is safe and secure; and to maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with our miraculous bounty. And understanding that we live in a global economy where trade is of top importance, Secretary Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.

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