Biden Appoints New Directors of Wisconsin FSA & Rural Development
President Biden has appointed the new executive director of the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency and a new director of rural development.
Eugene Schriefer is the new executive director of the FSA. Schriefer was a Senior Outreach Specialist at the University of Wisconsin Extension and has been an agricultural educator working with farmers in Iowa County since 2009. Schriefer is also a former Grazing Specialist with Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development and has worked with 4-H in Rusk and Columbia Counties.
Former central Wisconsin lawmaker Julie Lassa has been appointed Stare’s rural development director for Wisconsin at the USDA. Lassa has served on both the State Assembly and the Senate and on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. She was also the author of the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin and Farm to School programs during her term in the Legislature.
Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden praised both nominations, saying Schreifer has made a significant contribution to the fabric of our farming community and that Lassa brings a strong background in engagement. civic and economic development, especially the promotion of small businesses and local food.