Farm Credit Administration Chair Dallas Tonsager passed away this week at the age of 64. Tonsager had also served as Under Secretary for Rural Development during the Obama administration.
Farm Credit Council president and CEO Todd Van Hoose said Tonsager had a life-long passion for rural communities and agriculture. “During his time in Washington, D.C., Dallas worked tirelessly to support farm families and make a more vibrant rural economy,” Van Hoose said. “His leadership and friendship will be deeply missed.”
“Dallas spent his career fighting on behalf of farmers and ranchers in his native South Dakota, as well as those across the country,” House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson side. “He worked especially hard to ensure the success of the biofuels industry, as well as highlighted the healthcare and broadband needs of rural America.”
House Ag Committee ranking member Michael Conaway said Tonsager’s leadership will be greatly missed. “Production agriculture and rural America are better off due to the hard work of Dallas Tonsager,” according to Conaway.