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The Farm Credit Administration has appointed Dennis Shields to serve as associate director of the Agricultural and Economic Policy Team and as FCA’s chief economist. He will succeed Dr. Steve Gabriel, who is retiring July 3 after 34 years of federal service.

Dennis has been with FCA since 2015, serving as senior economist in the Office of Regulatory Policy. He received FCA’s Impact Award in 2016 for his immediate contributions to the agency’s mission.

“I know Dennis will provide excellent leadership as the agency’s chief economist,” said FCA Chairman and CEO Dallas P. Tonsager. “His experience and knowledge have already benefited our work here at the Farm Credit Administration.”

Before joining FCA, Dennis held agricultural policy and economist positions at the Congressional Research Service, USDA’s Farm Service Agency, and USDA’s Economic Research Service. Dennis has Master of Science degrees in industrial administration and agricultural economics from Purdue University, and a Bachelor of Science in agricultural engineering from Kansas State University. He recently completed the Leadership for a Democratic Society program at the Federal Executive Institute.

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