scenic cornfield with red buildings
RURAL LEADERSHIP: USDA has named two Minnesota rural leaders to agency posts.

USDA names state FSA, Rural Development directors

Joe Martin will lead FSA and Brad Finstad will head RD.

USDA recently announced Minnesota’s new Farm Service Agency and Rural Development state directors.

Taking the helm at FSA is Joe Martin. Leading RD will be Brad Finstad.

Staci Martin

Joe Martin (Photo by Staci Martin)

Martin is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He has nearly 20 years of experience working within nonprofit, government and private sectors of agriculture, including time with the Minnesota and American Farm Bureau Federations. He has served as assistant commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and worked as an independent agriculture consultant. Martin was raised on a farm in central Minnesota. He now lives in rural LeSueur County, where he and his wife, Staci, run a small cattle operation.

Martin joins the Minnesota FSA today.

Center for Rural Policy Development

Brad Finstad (Photo courtesy of Center for Rural Policy Development)

Finstad is president and CEO of the Center for Rural Policy and Development in St. Peter, Minnesota’s only state-wide nonprofit, nonpartisan rural policy research center. Finstad has been CEO of the center since 2008. He previously served three terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Source: USDA, Center for Rural Policy and Development



TAGS: Farm Policy
Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.