November 13, 2017
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced David McCurdy and Chris Beeker as state Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) directors, respectively, in Alabama. Both are appointees of President Donald J. Trump.
McCurdy, of Pike Road, began his career with FSA in 1987 and served in various agency roles. The Lowndes County native is involved in his family’s third-generation cattle, row crop and timber farm.
The FSA administers farm commodity loan and purchase programs, farm ownership and operating loans and the conservation reserve program. It also provides disaster assistance and administrative support to the Commodity Credit Corporation.
Beeker, of Tuscaloosa, was raised on a Greene County catfish and cattle farm. His experience includes working on the family farm and other businesses.
RD offers loans, grants and loan guarantees to support services such as housing, economic development, health care, first responder services and equipment, and infrastructure.
Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell said the organization welcomes these appointments.
“Alabama, and particularly rural Alabama, is poised for growth,” he said. “FSA and RD play important roles in the future of Alabama agriculture and improvements to our rural economies. We look forward to working with David and Chris as they implement programs through USDA that will achieve both those goals.”