Savannah Halleaux, Public Affairs & Outreach Coordinator, Michigan Farm Service Agency, USDA – Farm Service Agency
1. How to get started with USDA
2. FSA farm loans and programs
3. FSA partner organizations assisting farmer veterans.
Savannah Halleaux is a combat veteran with six years of active duty service and currently serves as a public affairs officer in the Michigan Army National Guard. Savannah also owns and operates a small sheep farm near Flint, Michigan.
USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management. They have a vision to provide economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation’s natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.
Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the country. Michigan’s unique micro-climates allow farmers to produce over 125 different food and fiber products. Agriculture, the 2nd largest industry in the state, annually contributes about $37 billion to Michigan’s economy.