Dallas Smith, a former USDA deputy under secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services, noted in a letter to the editor in Saturday’s New York Times that, “‘Where the Trough Is Overflowing’ (Deconstruction, editorial page, June 3) does a disservice to both America’s farmers, who feed an increasingly hungry world, and crop insurance, their primary risk management tool.
“There is one reason crop insurance has become the risk management tool of choice for most farmers and political leaders from both sides of the aisle: it works.”
The Times identified Dallas with his old USDA position but surprisingly didn't note his current position. Here's Linkedin:
Dallas R. Smith and Associates, Inc
Currently holds this position
National Crop Insurance Services
1999 – Present (13 years)
Deputy Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services
Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry
July 1965 – January 1999 (33 years 7 months)
I was a Senior Executive with USDA from 1985 to 1999. Before that I worked as a County Extension Agent in NC, Cotton Marketing Specialist, Peanut Branch Chief, Deputy Director and Director of a Division within USDA in Washington DC. I also served as a Consultant to the White House on tobacco issues and provide leadership to the Agriculture Committee of the Gore-Mbekia Commission with South Africa. Prior to retirement I received the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive.