The FSA Administrator: Richard Fordyce.

When I contacted the local USDA office here in California I had no idea the amazing interview opportunity I would be given. Sworn in to office in May 2018, Richard Fordyce began his career as the Farming Service Administrator of the USDA. A farmer himself, Mr. Fordyce understands the work ethic that comes from our producers and applies his back ground in agriculture to his current job as the Administrator of the FSA. What Does The FSA Do? The Farming Service Agency is the portion of the United States Department of Agriculture that directly engages with farmers and ranchers on … Continue reading The FSA Administrator: Richard Fordyce.

COVID-19 and California’s Farmers. Part 1: Small Niche Farmers.

What’s Happening With Farmers? As this pandemic has ravaged all parts of the world, a community affected terribly but quietly has been the farming community. While I live in California, this topic reaches all farmers negatively impacted by COVID-19. I’ve been able to interview several farmers in central California. Below are two small business farmers that offer specific niche products and services that have been affected by this pandemic. Harmony Lavender Link above I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to Claudia Estrada, the owner and operator of Harmony Lavender farms. An organic farm located in Atascadero CA, that grows and … Continue reading COVID-19 and California’s Farmers. Part 1: Small Niche Farmers.