Doug Caruso, USDA Farm Service Agency administrator, announced Wednesday, July 8 that he has resigned.
"I am disappointed to resign from the position of USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator. Unfortunately, the job was not what I expected," Caruso explains. "I had hoped to be of service to farmers and the FSA employees who toil daily to serve them and the Obama Administration."
Caruso was appointed to the job by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack on May 4.
"While I believe USDA leaders and I share the same goals, we clearly have divergent views on how to accomplish those goals," Caruso continues. "Good people with the same goals and objectives can and will differ on tactics. Those differences made me a bad fit for the position and, given that reality, the most constructive thing I could do was step aside to make way for USDA leaders to appoint someone more in synch with their vision."
Prior to taking the position at USDA, Caruso served as CEO of Wisconsin Farmers Union Specialty Cheese Co. From 1993 to 2001, Caruso was state executive director of FSA in Wisconsin. From 1989 to 1993, he worked as state director for Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis.