More FSA States, Rural Development Directors Appointed | 2021-12-29

The White House on Wednesday announced five new state-level appointments within the Department of Agriculture, including the Farm Service Agency’s state directors for Kentucky, Missouri and Nebraska.

The USDA State Directors of Rural Development for Montana and the Joint Office for Vermont and New Hampshire have also been appointed.

The new FSA director for Nebraska is Jean Bergé, a veteran of the Obama administration and the USDA. He was appointed White House Liaison Officer to the USDA in 2009 and then served as Deputy Assistant and Acting Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations at USDA.

At the USDA, Berge also served as the Deputy Administrator of Field Operations at the FSA and Executive Director of the USDA National Food and Agriculture Council.

Berge also served on the Nebraska Senses Jim Exon, Bob Kerrey and Ben Nelson staff.

Dean Schamore, a former Kentucky state legislator, will be the director of the FSA in that state. He is president of Digital Connections Plus, an IT company he founded in 1993, and he chairs the Lincoln Trail Workforce Investment Board.

Joe Aull, A longtime educator and former Missouri lawmaker, will serve as the director of the state’s FSA. Most recently, he was the Superintendent of Schools for the Lexington and Marshall School Districts. He served eight years in Missouri House and is the current mayor of Lexington.

Kathleen williams, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in Montana in 2020, will be the state’s director of rural development. She has “enjoyed a 38-year career in economics and natural resource planning and policy in the public, private and non-profit sectors,” according to the White House.

Sarah waring will be RD Director of State for Vermont and New Hampshire. Waring was vice president of grants and community investments at the Vermont Community Foundation. She has also worked with the Vermont Council on Rural Development, the Farm and Wilderness Foundation, the Sonoran Institute and the Center for an Agricultural Economy.

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