THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Warsaw, Poland) ______________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 10, 1997 PRESIDENT NAMES AUGUST SCHUMACHER, JR. AS UNDER SECRETARY FOR FARM AND FOREIGN AGRICULTURAL SERVICES, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
The President today announced his nomination of August Schumacher, Jr. as Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Mr. Schumacher of Lexington, Massachusetts, currently serves as Administrator of U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service. In this capacity, Mr. Schumacher provides leadership for the administration of programs to foster experts of American agricultural, fish, and forest products. Prior to his appointment as Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator, Mr. Schumacher served as Commissioner of Food and Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1985 to 1990. He also worked for the World Bank's agricultural lending group on a series of agricultural projects in Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, China, Mexico, the Middle East, and Africa. Mr. Schumacher holds an A.B. in economics from Harvard College and attended the London School of Economics. He was also a research associate with the Agribusiness Department of the Harvard Business School.
The Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services oversees the Farm Service Agency, the Foreign Agricultural Service, and the Risk Management Agency. These agencies administer farm commodity programs, farm operating and emergency loans, conservation and environmental programs, emergency assistance, domestic and international food assistance, multi-peril crop and revenue insurance programs, and a variety of export financing, market development, trade policy, and market-related technical assistance programs.