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BOZEMAN, Mont. - Michael Foster began his new position as State Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Montana Farm Service Agency today, Feb. 20.

Foster was born and raised in Townsend, Mont. and currently lives in Bozeman. From 1991 to 1994, he represented the 32nd District in the Montana House of Representatives. He then served as a state senator representing Montana’s 20th District from 1995 to 1998, and was was majority whip. Foster most recently served as regional director of advocacy for St. Vincent Healthcare.

The FSA is involved in disaster, commodity, conservation and farm loan programs, among many other things. Most Upper Midwest farmers and ranchers visit their county FSA offices regularly to update paperwork and stay current with changes in federal farm programs.

FSA state executive directors are political appointments.