Local named to head state FSA


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lois Van Mark, owner-operator of Van Mark Farms Inc. of Torrington, was recently appointed to head the Wyoming office of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Farm Service Agency.

Van Mark’s appointment was announced in a press release from the national USDA offices and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Friday as part of a list of new state FSA and Rural Development directors, who will serve as appointees of President Donald Trump.

FSA State Directors assist in the implementation of USDA policies in planning, organizing and administering FSA programs in their respective states. They are also responsible for running the day-to-day activities of the state FSA office.

Chad Rupe of Douglas was named to head the USDA Rural Development office. He’s served as a community programs specialist in the Rural Development office in Casper since 2015. Previously, he spent more than a decade as branch manager and then president of the Points West Bank in Douglas.

Rural Development State Directors work to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America, according to the release.

“These state directors will help ensure that USDA is offering the best customer service to our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and agricultural producers across the country,” Secretary Perdue said. “FSA and (Rural Development) both play a critical role in helping the people of agriculture, and are able to connect with people in their home states. They are the initial points of contact for millions of our USDA customers. Our goal is to help rural America prosper, and these state leaders will be of great assistance in that task.”

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