New York Senator Charles E. Schumer on Friday announced the appointment of Jim Vincent to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Administration State Committee.
President Barack Obama appointed Vincent, from Genesee County, after he was recommended by Schumer. Vincent will take his position immediately and begin his work on behalf of New York’s farmers.
“New York’s farming communities are a huge part of our state’s economic engine and they need a strong state FSA board to help them grow their businesses and create jobs,” Schumer said. “I’m glad the President has decided to appoint Jim to this key post. Jim is in touch with the needs of New York’s farmers and is going to be a strong advocate for them at the federal level.”
The Farm Service Agency is an integral part of the United States Department of Agriculture and is charged with implementing the federal government’s policies that deal directly with national farming policy. Within the FSA each state is represented by a committee that is made up of state residents who provide a voice to local community farmers. The New York State Committee is represented by five New Yorkers appointed by the President and plays a crucial role in helping community farmers utilize grants, loan guarantees and a variety of other programs that work to serve the nation’s farmers. Most importantly, New York’s farmers have a team of dedicated individuals looking out for their interests around the clock.
Vincent is the current chairman of the Genesee County Water Resources Agency, as well as Vice Chair of both the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency, and Genesee County Local Development Corporation. Additionally, Vincent is a board member on the Genesee County Funding Corporation, Pro Fac Cooperative, Inc., and Farm Fresh First, LLC.