KAGEN APPLAUDS APPOINTMENT OF WISCONSIN’S
April 22, 2009
|Washington, DC — Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. applauds the appointment of Doug Caruso from Wisconsin as Administrator of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment today. Kagen authored a letter to the White House in support of Caruso’s appointment in January.
“Mr Caruso brings 35 years of experience in agricultural marketing, farm policy and the executive and legislative branches of government. With his demonstrated leadership and management experience, he would make a significant and positive contribution to the administration and the famers, ranchers, rural landowners and communities served by FSA,” Kagen wrote in his letter.
The FSA administers and manages farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster and loan programs through a network of federal, state and county offices. These programs are designed help producers manage their business risks and improve the stability and strength of the domestic agricultural economy.
Caruso returns to USDA after working as CEO of Wisconsin Farmers Union Specialty Cheese, a cheese manufacturing startup and producer of award-winning Blue and Gorgonzola products that he helped develop into a profitable operation with expanded market share. From 1993 to 2001, Caruso was at USDA as State Executive Director of FSA in Wisconsin, which served approximately 100,000 farmers and rural landowners through a network of sixty county offices. From 1989 to 1993, he worked as State Director for United States Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin) and before that as general manager and communications director for the nation’s sixth largest farmer-owned milk marketing cooperative.
Dr. Kagen is the only member of Congress from Wisconsin on the House Agriculture Committee.