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Santos appointed Georgia Farm Service Agency Executive Director

by Georgia Farm Bureau

Posted on Sep 02, 2020 at 0:00 AM

Rachel McLocklin Santos is the newly appointed state executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Georgia, the agency announced Aug. 11. An appointee of President Donald Trump, Santos will be responsible for planning, organizing and administering FSA programs in Georgia and running the Georgia FSA office.

Prior to her FSA appointment, Santos served as the chief of staff and director of policy, government and corporate affairs for the UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences starting September 2017. Before that, she worked as an aide to U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and David Perdue with a focus on agriculture, natural resources and related policy issues. Santos has also held positions with the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food & Drug Administration and Related Agencies and the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

A native of Barrow County, she is a 2010 graduate of the UGA CAES with a degree in Agricultural & Applied Economics.

Santos replaces Tas Smith who left the FSA last November to join the National Cotton Council as its producer affairs representative.

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