Senators look to fill USDA leadership roles

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s senators are accepting applications to fill two state-level leadership positions within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“These leadership positions are vital in supporting Hoosier farmers and communities across rural Indiana,” U.S. Sen. Todd Young said in a statement. “We want to do our part to ensure Indiana remains a leader in feeding the world.”

Young along with U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly will review the applications before they make a joint recommendation to President Donald Trump. The president will select the final nominees for the positions.

“Indiana’s farmers are providing food and fuel that support families across our state, our country, and the world,” Donnelly said in a statement. “Through this process, Senator Young and I hope to find the best Hoosiers for these critical roles.”

Qualified applicants can send their cover letter, resume and up to three letters of recommendation by Aug. 18 to for the following positions:

State Director of the Farm Services Agency — The director is in charge of administering the federal programs under the Farm Service Agency. The FSA director also administers purchase and operation loans and select disaster programs.

State Director of Rural Development — The director of Rural Development oversees housing and community facilities programs, business programs, and utilities programs.

After the nominees are named by the White House, the directors will assume their new responsibilities. Senate confirmation is not required for these positions. is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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