Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services
Michael Scuse has been delegated the duties of Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Alongside Secretary Vilsack, Under Secretary Scuse leads the department's charge to strengthen the agricultural landscape, sustain vibrant rural communities and create new markets that support the innovation of rural America. A lifelong Delaware farmer, Under Secretary Scuse is a champion for America's farmers and ranchers and the unique challenges they often face. Mr. Scuse has stated his highest priority is to advocate for America's farmers and ranchers, emphasizing the importance of agriculture and its dynamic influence on the lives of Americans and the economy.
Mr. Scuse was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in April 2012 to serve as Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS). He also served as President of the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation.
As FFAS Under Secretary, Scuse oversees USDA's Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency, and Foreign Agricultural Service, and leads initiatives to improve competitiveness of American products in the global marketplace, create new markets to increase rural economic opportunity, and deliver farm assistance programs that help keep America's farmers and ranchers in business in the wake of uncertainty caused by markets and weather. As President of the Commodity Credit Corporation, he worked to stabilize, support and protect farm income and prices while helping to maintain balance and adequate supplies of agricultural commodities and aids in their orderly distribution.
Under Secretary Scuse is a distinguished public servant. Before joining USDA in 2009, he served as Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, President of the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), and Vice President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), and later as Chief of Staff to Governor Ruth Ann Minner. He was previously Chairman of the Kent County Regional Planning Commission in Delaware and Chairman of USDA's Delaware FSA Committee. His commitment to service has been lauded by many, and in 2012, Delaware Agriculture Secretary Edward Kee presented him the Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture. Scuse was also awarded the Medal of Achievement from the Delmarva Poultry Industry in 2006.
Scuse and his wife, Patrice, reside in Smyrna, Delaware, where they operate a corn, soybean and wheat farm that has been in their family for generations.