USDA announces Charles City woman to serve on Farm Service Agency state committee
To The Press
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently announced the appointment of Wendy Johnson to serve on the FSA state committee in Iowa which ensures the effective and efficient delivery of FSA federal farm programs to the state’s agricultural producers.
Members of the FSA state committee are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and are responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving program delivery appeals from the agriculture community, maintaining cooperative relations with industry stakeholders, keeping producers informed about FSA programs and operating in a manner consistent with USDA equal opportunity and civil rights policies.
Johnson, of Charles City, is the owner and operator of Jóia Food Farm. Her farm is focused on organic field crops and the humane handling of heritage breed livestock.
She also employs innovative farming practices such as diversifying crops, strategizing how to improve soil organic matter and water holding capacity, and engaging in agroforestry.
Along with her primary farm, Johnson is also co-manager of Center View Farms Co, and owner of Counting Sheep Sleep Co., a value-added company focused on regenerative organic wool.
She has been a leader in multiple agricultural organizations committed to organic, sustainable agriculture and improving land access for beginning farmers.
Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Executive Director Sally Worley said, “PFI is thrilled Wendy Johnson has been nominated to Iowa’s state FSA committee. Wendy is a dedicated, knowledgeable farmer who knows how to listen, work with others and cares about creating resilient farms and landscapes.
“We know she will be an asset to FSA and farmers across the state, and will work hard to ensure all those who currently farm or aspire to farm have access to the working lands, beginning farmer and other programs that can help them,” Worley said.
More appointments will follow as USDA seats the three- to five-member FSA state committees for each state and Puerto Rico. The state committee chairperson will be named when all committee members have been appointed.
The Farm Service Agency serves farmers, ranchers, foresters and agricultural partners through the delivery of federal agricultural programs and by administering farm commodity and disaster programs.
Additionally, through conservation programs, FSA continues to preserve and protect natural resources and provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit, including targeted loan funds for beginning, underserved, women and military veterans involved in production agriculture.