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Place to Head Minnesota Farm Service Agency
Minnesota Ag Connection - 01/14/2022

President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint eight U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regional positions, including five Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Directors and three Rural Development (RD) State Directors.

"As we work to build a better America, we need talented and experienced staff working in our state offices," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "We are thrilled to welcome these dedicated individuals to USDA at such an important time in the Biden-Harris administration."

FSA State Executive Directors oversee Farm Service Agency operations and agricultural policy implementation in the state. Each State Executive Director works with the State Committee to administer FSA programs and County office operations, develops and maintains stakeholder relationships with customers and other agencies and governments.

Included in Thursday's annoucement was Whitney Place named FSA state executive director for Minnesota.

Place most recently served as the assistant commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). She had worked for MDA since 2012 in the roles of director of legislative affairs, assistant to the commissioner, and project coordinator for the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program.

Place earned a B.S. in Applied Plant Science and an M.S. in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from the University of Minnesota.

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