The Trump Administration recently appointed Sherry McCorkle as the new State Executive Director for the USDA Florida/US Virgin Islands Farm Service Agency (FSA). McCorkle will join the Florida/US Virgin Islands FSA team on February 11, 2019.
McCorkle most recently served as the deputy district director for representative Thomas J. Rooney (retired) and more recently representative Gregory Steube where she supported the Congressman in all aspects of legislative, public and community relations. The agriculture industry in the congressional district in which McCorkle worked was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma in 2018. As such, McCorkle partnered closely with commodity organizations as well as federal, state and local agencies in executing pre-storm preparation and post-storm recovery efforts. She is actively involved with numerous civic and trade organizations including multiple Chambers of Commerce, Florida Sheriffs Association and Florida Cattlemen’s Association.
The Farm Service Agency serves farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs. The agency offers farmers a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs. FSA continues to conserve natural resources and also provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit, including special emphasis on beginning, underserved and women farmers and ranchers.
Under the direction of Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. Secretary Perdue leads the USDA with four guiding principles: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell foods and fiber, and feed and clothe the world; to prioritize customer service for the taxpayers; to ensure that our food supply is safe and secure; and to maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with our miraculous bounty. And understanding that we live in a global economy where trade is of top importance, Secretary Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.
As State Executive Director, McCorkle will use her leadership experience and knowledge of federal farm program legislation to oversee FSA programs in a customer-focused manner to ensure a safe, affordable, abundant and nutritious food supply for consumers.
Source: USDA/Farm Service Agency-Florida