Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that Richard Fordyce is the new Administrator of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Fordyce takes over the leadership role for FSA and its mission to support agricultural production across America through a network of 2,100 county and 50 state offices.
“As a fourth-generation farmer, Richard brings firsthand knowledge and experience to this role,” says Secretary Perdue, “and I’m confident that he will continue to help USDA become the most effective, efficient, customer-focused agency in the federal government.”
Fordyce most recently served as the State Executive Director of the Missouri Farm Service Agency office. Prior to that, Fordyce served as the director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. In 2015, Fordyce won the Missouri Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award and the Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow Alumnus of the Year.
He and his wife, Renee, have two children and grow soybeans, corn and beef cattle on the family farm.