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May 25, 2001   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
May 25, 2001

A Limestone County native and veteran of farm program administration has been appointed state executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Danny Crawford, 50, was nominated for the appointment by U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, both Alabama republicans. Crawford, who has served as director of the Limestone County FSA Office for the past 24 years, said he's honored to be selected and hopes to use his new position to help farmers throughout the state.

"I grew up on a farm, so I understand the roles that farmers play in our communities," Crawford said. "Over the years, I've built a rapport with the farmers in this area, and I hope to be able to do that throughout the state."

As a county executive director, Crawford distinguished himself as a leader, twice earning the FSA Administrator's Award--the agency's highest honor. He also was awarded the Secretary of Agriculture's Award for his work in establishing a minority steering committee to address producer concerns in his county. He has been a trainer and mentor for other county directors and has been called on repeatedly to serve on state program task forces and disaster response teams.

Crawford grew up on the Tennessee Valley Experiment Station at Belle Mina, where his father worked. He attended Auburn University where he earned a bachelor's degree in animal science and a master's degree in beef nutrition and forage management. After college, Crawford served as an assistant county agent in Jefferson County before accepting a job with what was then the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS).

"Even though I grew up almost on the Tennessee line, I commit myself to working for every farmer in the state of Alabama," he said. "My door is always open, and I plan to be out visiting with farmers in all 67 counties."

Crawford is president of the Athens City Council. He is married to the former Mary Kay Dean of Athens. The couple has a son, Matthew, 16.

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