Former Missouri Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce has been named national administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).
In his new role, Fordyce will provide leadership for the agency and its mission to support agricultural production across America through a network of more than 2,100 county and 50 state offices. Most recently, he served as Missouri’s FSA executive director.
“As a fourth-generation farmer, Richard brings firsthand knowledge and experience to this role,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in announcing the appointment. “I am confident that he will continue to help USDA become the most efficient, effective, customer-focused agency in the federal government.”
Previously, Fordyce ran the Missouri Department of Agriculture from 2013 to 2017. In 2015, he was awarded the Missouri Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award and the Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow Alumnus of the Year. He has served in roles for the National Biodiesel Board and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and spent 11 years as one of the Missouri directors on the United Soybean Board.
He and his wife, Renee, have two children and raise row crops and beef cattle on their family farm in Bethany, Mo.