Arthur Douglas has been appointed the Utah director for the Farm Service Agency at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Douglas has the background to be able to help out Utah’s agricultural community in his new post. A resident of Howell, Douglas runs a farm and ranch in Box Elder County and served as president of the Utah Farmers Union and secretary of the National Farmers Union. He also served as chairman of the governor’s Agricultural Advisory Board in Utah from 2001-2006. Douglas says he begins the new job on Monday and he’s very excited to get started. “We have 20 offices scattered around the state of Utah and roughly a hundred employees,” Douglas says. He said their purpose is to provide programs in the field for farmers and ranchers. “I’ve visited with every office in the state and we’ve got a great bunch of people who are in there to serve Utah agriculture”. Douglas succeeds Bruce Richeson, a former staffer for Senator Bob Bennett, R-UT, and a man Douglas describes as, “a dear friend who did a fantastic job.” Douglas says he will continue to help his family run his farm and ranch on weekends because he is totally devoted to agriculture.
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