Secretary Perdue Announces FSA, Rural Development State Directors


Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced a slate of Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors. All directors will serve as appointees of President Donald Trump.

North Carolina: Len McBride

Len McBride began his career with the Farm Service Agency 32 years ago and prior to his appointment he served as a District Director for the FSA based in Statesville, NC.

South Carolina: Boone Peeler

Boone Peeler is the Vice President of Harvey Peeler’s Farm, Inc., has been a member of Gaffney, SC city council since 2006, and has worked at the South Carolina Health and Human Services Department.

FSA State Directors help implement Department of Agriculture policies in planning, organizing, and administering FSA programs in their respective states.

NPPC Urges Congress to Fund Ag Research

The National Pork Producers Council wants Congress to renew its commitment to funding ag research. That was the message during testimony before a subcommittee of the House Space, Science, and Technology Committee. NPPC Chief Veterinarian Dr. Liz Wagstrom told the Subcommittee on Research and Technology that the U.S. is the most technologically innovative food producer in the world. America also has the safest and most affordable food supply in the world. All of that is because of a commitment to agricultural research. Wagstrom said the federal commitment to research has dropped off in recent decades. Between 1970 and 2008, half of the USDA budget went to research. By 2013, that number had dropped to 30 percent.

House Committee to Hold Hearing on Glyphosate Allegations

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology announced that it may soon hold a hearing on the International Agency for Cancer Research’s 2015 assessment that glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUP is a carcinogen. The Committee has been looking into the IARC, which receives American taxpayer funding, and it sent a letter to the agency’s director citing concerns over the “scientific integrity” of the group. The House Committee may soon be asking IARC officials to appear before them to give testimony about the methodology they used to come up with their findings.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.