Oklahoma Farm Bureau District 5 State Director Gary Crawley was selected by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to serve as chairman of the Oklahoma Farm Service Agency Committee.
State FSA committees are appointed for a one-year term, which began on January 1, 2018. Each state committee has five members, one chairperson and four members. FSA committee appointees for State committees are selected by the USDA Secretary, serve at the pleasure of the secretary, and are responsible for carrying out FSA’s farm programs within delegated authorities.
Crawley and his wife, Wilma, raise cattle near Savanna in southeastern Oklahoma. Crawley retired after serving a long and distinguished career with the USDA FSA office in McAlester, working primarily in the farm commodity and loan program areas.
“The state committees will help to ensure USDA is providing our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and agricultural producers with the best customer service,” Perdue said. “They serve as a liaison between USDA and the producers in each state across the nation by keeping them informed and hearing their appeals and complaints. The committees are made up mostly of active farmers and ranchers, representing their peers and ensuring USDA’s programs are supporting the American harvest.”
The full Oklahoma FSA committee is comprised of
- Committee Chair Gary Crawley – McAlester
- Sarah Dorsey – Bixby
- Karen Eifert Jones – Stillwater/Waukomis
- Don Allen Parson – McCurtain County – (Also serves on the McCurtain County Farm Bureau Board)