Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services
Michael T. Scuse was nominated by President Barack Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in April 2012, to serve as Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS) at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In this capacity, he also serves as President of the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC).
The Farm Service Agency (FSA), Risk Management Agency (RMA), and Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) are the agencies that comprise FFAS. FFAS helps to keep America's farmers and ranchers in business as they face the uncertainties of weather and markets. FFAS delivers commodity, credit, conservation, disaster, and emergency assistance programs that help improve the stability and strength of the agricultural economy, and works build new markets and improve the competitive position of U.S. agricultural products in the global marketplace.
The CCC was created to stabilize, support and protect farm income and prices. CCC also helps maintain balance and adequate supplies of agricultural commodities and aids in their orderly distribution.
Under Secretary Scuse has had a distinguished career in public service. Prior to this position, Scuse served as Deputy Under Secretary for FFAS area from 2009 to 2011, with primary responsibility over domestic programs within FSA and RMA. Before joining USDA, Scuse served as Delaware Secretary of Agriculture from May 2001 until September 2008, when Governor Ruth Ann Minner (D) named him as her Chief of Staff. From 1996 to 2001, Scuse served as both Chairman of the Kent County (Delaware) Regional Planning Commission and Chairman of USDA's FSA State Committee. Before that, he was Kent County Recorder of Deeds. In addition to serving as National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Vice President while Agriculture Secretary, Scuse was also President of the Northeast NASDA.
Under Secretary Scuse has been honored with a number of awards, including the Medal of Achievement Award from the Delmarva Poultry Industry in 2006; and the 2012 Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture presented by Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Edward Kee.
Under Secretary Scuse and his wife reside in Smyrna, Delaware.