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Trump Administration Appoints William J. Graff to Serve as State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Illinois

The Trump Administration recently appointed William J. Graff as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Illinois Farm Service Agency (FSA). Graff will join the Illinois FSA team on Monday, November 13, 2017.

Graff is a long time grain and livestock farmer from central Illinois. He is familiar with the agriculture industry and USDA programs. He previously served as State Executive Director of the Illinois Farm Service Agency under a previous administration. Graff is a graduate of Illinois State University.

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, Graff 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.