The USDA announced the appointment of Gloria Montaño Greene as the Deputy Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation. Zach Ducheneaux is the new Farm Service Agency Administrator. Montaño Greene is a former Director of the Farm Service Agency in Arizona from 2014-2017, a position she was appointed to by then-President Obama.
She led the implementation of the 2013 Farm Bill Programs across the state. Ducheneaux is the current Executive Director of the Intertribal Agriculture Council, the largest, longest-standing Native American agricultural organization in the U.S. The Council represents all Federally Recognized Tribes and serves 80,000 Native American producers.
He also operates his family’s ranch on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in north-central South Dakota with his brothers. “We are honored to have professionals of the caliber of Gloria and Zach join our team,” says Katharine Ferguson, Chief of Staff with the Office of the USDA Secretary.
“With their leadership of USDA farm and conservation programs, we will create new market opportunities and streams of income for farmers, ranchers, and producers that address climate change and environmental challenges, strengthen local and regional food systems, and lead the world in food, fiber, and feed production for export.”