USDA FSA Selects Wanda J. Perez to Serve as the Puerto Rico State Executive Director

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 12, 2018 - USDA’s Farm Service Agency has announced the selection of Wanda J. Perez as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Puerto Rico Farm Service Agency (FSA). Perez assumed her new position as state executive director on Sept. 16, 2018.

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USDA FSA Selects Wanda J. Perez to Serve as the Puerto Rico State Executive Director

Contact: Vilma.labrador@pr.usda.gov

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 12, 2018 - USDA’s Farm Service Agency has announced the selection of Wanda J. Perez as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Puerto Rico Farm Service Agency (FSA). Perez assumed her new position as state executive director on Sept. 16, 2018.

Perez’s career with FSA has spanned more than 25 years. She most recently served as the executive officer for Puerto Rico FSA where she was instrumental in emergency operations after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. As executive officer, she was responsible for managing the administrative division and farm and farm loan programs and served as an advisor to prior state directors. She has also served as Puerto Rico FSA’s acting state executive director, farm loan chief and as a farm loan specialist.

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 food 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. 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.

As the State Executive Director, Perez will use her leadership experience to oversee FSA programs in a customer-focused manner to ensure a safe, affordable, abundant and nutritious food supply for consumers.

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