By Sara Wyant

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WASHINGTON, May 2 – Montana’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Director Bruce Nelson will take on the role as Acting Administrator of FSA, replacing Acting Administrator Val Dolcini, who will return to his role as FSA State Executive Director in California.

"Secretary Vilsack and I are confident that Bruce’s strong foundation of farming, executive and leadership experience will make him a great leader for the Agency,” explained Acting Under Secretary Michael Scuse in a statement announcing the change.

“Bruce has served as the State Executive Director of Montana since 2009, and previously served as SED from 1993-2000, when he was awarded the Administrator’s Distinguished Service Award. He has also previously served as the Chief of Staff to Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and holds an executive role at Triangle N Farms, Inc.

“For several years Bruce served as a Construction Project Manager with the Zoot Construction Company. He received the USDA Secretary Honor Award in 1995 and also received the National award from the Inter Tribal Agriculture Council in 2000. Bruce spent many summers working on a family farm and holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Montana,” Scuse wrote.

Scuse thanked Dolcini for his service as Acting Administrator of the Farm Service Agency since Feb. 15, 2011. 

“His calm and steady leadership, especially through challenging budget times, have served us all well. Those of us in Washington will miss Val as he returns to his role as FSA State Executive Director of California.”

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