Trump Administration Appoints Brad Thykeson to serve as State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in North Dakota

The Trump Administration recently appointed Brad Thykeson as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA North Dakota Farm Service Agency (FSA). Thykeson will join the North Dakota FSA team on Monday, Nov. 27.
Thykeson, of Portland, is an owner and operator of his family farming operation in Barnes and Steele counties and has been farming for over 30 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in business education and math from Mayville State College and previously taught and coached with the May-Port CG school district in Mayville. Thykeson has served as chairman of the North Dakota Grain Growers and served on the National Wheat Growers board and the American Farm Bureau Wheat Advisory committee.
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, Thykeson will use his leadership experience to oversee FSA programs in a customer-focused manner to ensure a safe, affordable, abundant and nutritious food supply for consumers.

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