The newly appointed director of the Indiana Farm Service Agency office is no stranger to this arm of USDA. Steve Brown is a former USDA employee with 32 years of experience working in Porter and Carroll counties as well as the Indiana FSA State Office. Along with working for USDA, Brown spent over 30 years working on the family farm. Brown offers a wide range of farm program experience and looks forward to assisting farmers in Indiana.
Brown told HAT he was honored when President Trump asked him to head the state organization. He said his experience in FSA will help him deal with the challenges that lie ahead, “FSA faces some challenges ahead. We will have a new Farm Bill to administer in the near future.”
Brown said the local offices are facing a staff shortage, “I am hoping we can get our employee count up.” He added it will be important the local offices have the staff and resources to help farmers during these difficult economic times, “I think we are going to see a lot of increased activity in the farm loan and commodity loan program areas.” Brown has been traveling the state visiting local offices assessing the needs and problems facing local FSA employees.