FSA Head Retires
August 8, 2014

U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia is retiring after 37 years, the agency announced this week.

Garcia's departure comes at a critical time at FSA, when multiple programs are being developed after the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. However, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Garcia's work contributed to the implementation of 2014 Farm Bill disaster assistance programs in record time.

"Juan's work will live on through, among other things, the signature microloan program, which debuted in 2013, and today has provided more than $150 million in credit through more than 8,000 loans to small farmers and ranchers," Vilsack said.

A USDA spokesperson said Garcia's retirement will become effective once a new FSA administrator is chosen.