President Biden has nominated Matt Russell to serve as the State Director of the Iowa Farm Service Agency Field Office. Matt Russell is a 5th generation Iowa farmer, who grew up on a 1,000-acre commodity and livestock farm. He now farms near Lacona featuring retail agriculture and environmental stewardship. Russell’s off-farm career is built on advocating for social justice—the first decade training for and working in ministry and 16 years doing secular work in economic and environmental sustainability. Since April 2018 he’s been drawing on both backgrounds to lead Iowa Interfaith Power & Light. Under his leadership, Iowa IPL began empowering farmers to join other Iowans of faith and conscience to help solve the climate crisis. He earned an M.S. in Rural Sociology from Iowa State University; advanced food, agriculture, and rural development policy at the Drake University Agricultural Law Center; and served eight years on the Iowa FSA State Committee.