The Trump Administration recently appointed Sandy Chalmers as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA). Chalmers will join the Wisconsin FSA team on Monday, Nov. 13.
Chalmers has more than 25 years of experience working on agriculture and rural policies, most recently serving as Assistant Deputy Secretary at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She also served as Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency. Chalmers holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, and assists in the management of her family’s farm.
The Farm Service Agency serves farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs. The agency offers farmers a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs. FSA continues to conserve natural resources and also provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit, including special emphasis on beginning, underserved and women farmers and ranchers.
Under the direction of Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. Secretary Perdue leads the USDA with four guiding principles: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell foods and fiber, and feed and clothe the world; to prioritize customer service for the taxpayers; to ensure that our food supply is safe and secure; and to maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with our miraculous bounty. And understanding that we live in a global economy where trade is of top importance, Secretary Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.
As SED, Chalmers will use her leadership experience to oversee FSA programs in a customer-focused manner to ensure a safe, affordable, abundant and nutritious food supply for consumers.