U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Teresa Lasseter has announced the appointment of Susan Dykes Holmes to serve as FSA state executive director for Georgia.

"Susan Holmes is a seventh generation Jasper County cotton and dairy farmer with a love for Georgia agriculture and rural America," said Lasseter. "She has been a community leader since her early days as school teacher and postmaster. We are excited to have her step into the role as state executive director," Lasseter said.

Holmes is serving her third term as mayor of Monticello, Ga. Holmes is the first female elected mayor of the central Georgia city. During her tenure, Monticello became one of the first 10 Better Hometown Cities in the state, one of the first five Cities of Excellence and a City of Ethics. The downtown underwent extensive restoration and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Furthermore, the city's tax base increased by 99 percent in the last 10 years.

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Holmes as vice-chair of the Rural Development Council and recently appointed her to the Georgia Municipal Association. The association represents more than 600 Georgia cities.

She is on the board of the Northeast Georgia Regional Development Center, the Georgia Academy of Economic Development, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government Training Board, Leadership Jasper, Griffin Technical College Foundation and Monticello Downtown Development Authority.

She is chair of the Jasper County Board of Health and recently became a member of the steering committee for Georgia Perimeter College Newton County campus.

Holmes also served on the board of directors of Piedmont Academy and the Jasper County Zoning Board, Jasper Memorial Hospital Board, the Jasper County Library Board and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. The Chamber of Commerce selected Holmes as Monticello-Jasper County Citizen of the Year; Georgia Trend Magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians and the Girl Scout Council picked her as one of five most outstanding women in middle Georgia.

FSA ensures the well-being of American agriculture, the environment and the American public through efficient and equitable administration of numerous farm programs. FSA's farm programs include commodity programs; farm ownership, operating and emergency loans; conservation and environmental programs; emergency and disaster assistance; domestic and international food assistance and international export credit programs.