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President Biden appoints Fresno chief to head US Department of Agriculture post

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – A community leader from Fresno will lead the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in California.

On January 13, President Joe Biden named former city councilman Blong Xiong as executive director.

Last week was Xiong’s first week as head of the FSA, which implements federal agricultural policy and oversees several agricultural programs.

He said that right now he had a better idea of ​​the agency, but he knew there was a lot to do.

“Making sure we get the dollars we need to help our agriculture industry, but also other service programs,” Xiong said.

Xiong has over 20 years of community service experience, including serving with the Fresno City Council and most recently the Asian Business Institute & Resource Center.

During this time, he was able to help Asian farmers and business owners in the valley.

He said he was excited to bring this experience to help all farmers in the state.

“To ensure that we are able to provide funding, support and technical assistance to ensure that all of our farmers, whether large or small, to medium-sized, benefit from the type of support offered by the FSA “, did he declare.

Xiong also sees an opportunity for the agency to continue to grow, with California being so diverse in terms of population and agriculture.

“I want to continue to be the people’s department and work hard to reach our underserved and underrepresented communities to ensure they have access and opportunities to the incredible programs we have here,” he said. .

According to the Biden administration, Xiong’s appointment, along with the other eight, is crucial to rebuilding the communities hardest hit by the pandemic, the economy and climate change.

“They know that I am committed and passionate not only for us here in the Central Valley, but also for the whole state,” Xiong said.

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