Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services

Under Secretary Of Agriculture For Farm And Foreign Agricultural Services

Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services

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The Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS) is the third highest-ranking official of the United States Department of Agriculture, after the Secretary and Deputy Secretary. This Under Secretary provides leadership and oversight for the Farm Service Agency, the Risk Management Agency and the Foreign Agricultural Service. The President normally appoints the Under Secretary as President of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), though in the past this latter responsibility has sometimes been held by other USDA officials. Appointment both as Under Secretary and as a member of the Board of Directors of the CCC must be confirmed by the Senate. The Under Secretary for FFAS also normally chairs the interagency Food Assistance Policy Council and is a member of the interagency Trade Policy Review Group (TPRG). The Under Secretary is compensated at the pay rate established for Level III of the Executive Schedule.

The mission area helps to ensure the well-being of American agriculture and the American public through efficient and equitable administration of agricultural commodity, farm loan, conservation, environmental, emergency assistance, and domestic and international food assistance programs. It provides and supports cost-effective means of managing risk for agricultural producers in order to improve the economic stability of agriculture. The mission area also represents the diverse interests of the U.S. food and agricultural sector abroad by managing...
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