WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Larry J. Adams has been appointed assistant deputy administrator for farm programs for the USDA Farm Service Agency, according to Teresa C. Lasseter, administrator of the FSA.

"Larry Adams knows how to administer farm programs efficiently and effectively," said Lasseter. "He brings a wealth of experience and insight from the state level to FSA's national office, and I'm glad to welcome him as a part of our management team."

Adams will support the operations and management of FSA's farm programs office. He will help administer price support, conservation and environmental and disaster assistance programs.

Prior to this appointment, Adams was state executive director for the Ohio Farm Service Agency. Since 2001, he's been the administrator of FSA commodity, conservation and farm loan programs for Ohio farmers.

Adams served as assistant director for the Ohio Department of Agriculture from 1991 to 2001. He developed statewide agriculture policies, farmland preservation, and other regulatory enforcement programs. Elected to the Ohio House of Representatives for the 86th House District in 1986, Adams served two terms. While in the Ohio House, he served on the Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Economic Affairs and Federal Relations, the Children and Youth, and the Economic and Development committees.

Adams grew up on a 500-acre farm in Marion County, Ohio. He studied at The Ohio State University and Marion Technical College.

FSA ensures the well-being of American agriculture, the environment and the American public through efficient and equitable administration of numerous farm programs. FSA's farm programs include commodity programs; farm ownership, operating and emergency loans; conservation and environmental programs; emergency and disaster assistance; domestic and international food assistance and international export credit programs.

SOURCE: FSA news release.