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Farm Service Agency and Rural Development state heads named for North Dakota and South Dakota

Biden appointed Steve Dick to serve as Farm Service Agency state executive director for South Dakota. He appointed Nikki Gronli to serve as head of Rural Development for South Dakota and Erin Oban to head Rural Development for North Dakota.

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday, March 17, announced his intent to appoint nine people to U.S. Department of Agriculture positions, including one in North Dakota and two in South Dakota.

Biden appointed Steve Dick to serve as Farm Service Agency state executive director for South Dakota. He appointed Nikki Gronli to serve as head of Rural Development for South Dakota and Erin Oban to head Rural Development for North Dakota.

Other FSA state executive director nominees announced Thursday were Julia Wickard for Indiana and Jeffrey Holmes for New Hampshire. Other Rural Development state directors named Thursday were Deidre Deculus Robert for Louisiana, Lucas Ingvoldstad for Nevada, Perry Hickman for Virginia, Ryan Thorn for West Virginia.

“Our state offices are on the frontlines of providing critical USDA programs and services,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “I am thrilled to welcome these nine talented and dedicated public servants to the team as we continue to build back better for the American people.

Dick, who will lead South Dakota FSA, operates a family farm in McCook County, where he feeds cattle and grows corn and soybeans. He has served as the executive director of Ag United for South Dakota since January 2005. Before joining Ag United, Dick served on Sen. Tom Daschle’s staff for ten years in several positions, one of which was agriculture outreach coordinator. He has served on the boards for East Dakota Water Development District, South Dakota Ag Foundation, East Dakota Education Foundation, Sioux Valley Energy Operation Round-Up, and the West Central School District. Dick is a graduate of the University of South Dakota.

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FSA state executive directors oversee Farm Service Agency operations and agricultural policy implementation in the state. Each state executive director works with the state committee to administer FSA programs and county office operations, develops and maintains stakeholder relationships with customers and other agencies and governments.

Gronli, who will lead Rural Development for South Dakota, most recently worked as a marketing specialist at SDN Communications where she oversaw the brand, traditional marketing, and educational events and advocated for broadband expansion in rural South Dakota. Gronli currently holds several board and committee positions, including with the Minnehaha County Housing Redevelopment Committee, Siouxland Heritage Museum Board, and LEAD South Dakota. She served on Dakota State University’s Cybersecurity Industry Advisory Board and as president of the Department of Defense STARBASE program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and began her career in advertising and marketing in Minneapolis before returning to South Dakota in 2001.

Oban, who will lead Rural Development for North Dakota, is a lifelong North Dakotan who was raised on a farm family in Ray before attending the University of Mary in Bismarck, where she received a bachelor's degree in mathematics education. Oban’s professional career began as a middle school math and technology teacher. In 2014, she was elected to the North Dakota State Senate and served as assistant senate minority leader after her reelection in 2018. Throughout Oban’s two terms in the legislature, she served on the Senate Education, Energy and Natural Resources, Agriculture, Government and Veterans Affairs, and Political Subdivisions committees. Oban also served on the Legislative Management Committee and as chairwoman of the Interim Education Policy Committees. She most recently worked as the director of community engagement with the Central Regional Education Association.

Rural Development state directors serve as the chief executive officer of Rural Development in the states and territories and are tasked with carrying out the mission of Rural Development to the benefit of everyone in rural America. In conjunction with the guidance and support of the national office, state directors are responsible for promoting the mission and strategic goals of Rural Development and provide key leadership to develop and support a productive, diverse, and inclusive state workforce.

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