August Schumacher Jr
As former Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at USDA from 1997 to 2001, Gus Schumacher oversaw the Farm Service Agency, the Foreign Agricultural Service, and the Risk Management Agency. During his time as Undersecretary at USDA, Schumacher was President of the Commodity Credit Corporation and Chairman of the Federal Crop Insurance Board where he oversaw the development and early implementation of the reformed national crop insurance legislation, the Agricultural Risk Protection Act.
Prior to his appointment, Schumacher served as Administrator of USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, worked as a senior agri-lender for the World Bank, and served as Commissioner of Food and Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
He has a degree in economics from Harvard College, studied at the London School of Economics and was a research associate in agribusiness at the Harvard Business School, working with Professor Ray A. Goldberg.
Schumacher, along with Cathy Bertini, former Director of the World Food Program and Professor Robert Thompson, Gardner Professor of Agricultural Economics at Illinois, oversaw the preparation of Task Force Report of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, titled â€œModernizing Americaâ€™s Food and Farm Policy: Vision for a New Directionâ€. (2007)
Schumacher currently is a Consultant to the Food and Society Initiative at the Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek. He also directs the Washington operations of SJH and Company of Boston, Massachusetts, an agri-strategy firm.
He currently serves as an Adviser to the International Institute for Agricultural Risk Management, is Chairman of the Wholesome Wave Foundation in Westport Connecticut, and serves on the Boards of eFarm, FreshFarm Markets, the Environmental Power Corporation and GrainPro.
2001 - present - Consultant - W.K.Kellogg Foundation - Battle Creek, Michigan
As the W.K.Kellogg Foundation its agricultural and rural grantmaking operations and developed a new $100 million Food and Society initiative, I focused on the role that refugee and immigrant farmers play in American agriculture and on the options for leveraging Federal, State and foundation funding in support of Kellogg grantees and potential grantees
2001 - present: Managing Director - Washington DC Operations - SJH and Company of Boston, Massachusetts.
Managing Director of Washington Operations of SJH and Company, Boston, Massachusetts, with responsibility for agribusiness client development with focus on crop insurance, value added agriculture initiatives, agri-finance and agri-energy issues.
1997 - 2001 - Undersecretary of Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service, United States Department of Agriculture, President of the Commodity Credit Corporation and Chairman of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.
A United States Senate confirmed position, the Undersecretary was the third ranking official in USDA, with oversight to the Secretary and Congress for some $102 billion in outstanding crop insurance liabilities, export and domestic farm credit, Commodity Credit Corporation payments, international food aid and staff expenses. The Undersecretary oversaw some 17,000 employees located in 2450 offices domestically and 76 offices in 72 countries. As Chairman of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, he oversaw the development and early implementation of the reformed national crop insurance legislation, the Agricultural Risk Protection Act.
1994 - 1997 - Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA and Board Member Commodity Credit Corporation.
As Administrator, Schumacher directed USDA international agri-trade and overseas agricultural development efforts. In 1997, US farm exports reached a record level of $60 billion. Key management initiatives mandated a rebuilding of core budget support from Congress for FAS, the re-deployment of the Agency overseas staffing from declining markets to growing markets in Asia and Latin America and major outreach efforts domestically to encourage more export participation from Americas 30,000 food processing firms and cooperatives to look overseas for sales. Schumacher also encouraged the international development wing of FAS to deepen its involvement in emerging markets, especially via the use of monetized proceeds of US food aid.
1990 - 1994 - Senior Agricultural Project Manager, World Bank, Washington, DC
Schumacher directed World Bank teams involved in major agricultural and forest sector re-structuring of post-Communist Poland. Project funding of $450 million was disbursed under Poland Agricultural Sector Adjustment Loan ($300 million) and Forest Development Project ($150 million). He also led teams that developed the first Global Environment Fund (GEF) project?Poland Biodiversity?and which also produced four other successful GEF biodiversity protection projects in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Belarus and Ukraine.
1984 - 1990 - Commissioner of Food and Agriculture and Chairman of the Massachusetts Pesticide Board and Chairman of the Agricultural Preservation Restriction Board. Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Schumacher managed a Department of some 200 staff, with the primary objective of overseeing pesticide regulations, protecting prime farmland, developing new markets both domestically and overseas for Massachusetts farm products and overseeing the safety of the Commonwealth milk supply. He was also responsible for fostering Massachusetts 78 state and local agricultural fairs, including the horse racing that accompanied several of these fairs. Key initiatives involved increasing the number of farmers markets from 8 to 89, founding the WIC Farmers Market Coupon Program, now nationally known and substantially increasing funding for farmland protection. An enjoyable job!
1981 - 1984 - Senior Rural Development Officer, World Bank, Washington DC
Responsible for agricultural and rural development supervision and lending in Yugoslavia, focusing primarily on agribusiness projects and leading missions on Kosovo Rural Development.
1980 - 1981 - Senior Agribusiness Research Associate, Harvard Business School, Boston, Mass.
Working with Professor Ray A. Goldberg, developed agribusiness case studies for Harvard?s famous Agribusiness Executive Program and for their well-known core Agribusiness Course
1972 - 1980 - Senior Agricultural Development Officer - World Bank Washington, DC
Responsible for leading agri-project teams to Mexico, Egypt and Mauritius. Generated the first multi-sectoral rural development project in Mauritius for World Bank finance and led teams that generated $550 million in agricultural credit and rural development (PIDER program) to Mexico.
1971 - 1972 - Research Associate, Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts
Developed case studies for Harvard Business School?Agribusiness courses, focusing extensively on the domestic and international beef sectors
1963 - 1970 - Economist and Mission Chief, World Bank, Washington, DC
Led agricultural lending teams to Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, and Eastern Africa, primarily in the livestock sector, resulting a series of World Bank loans to these countries for the development of their beef cattle sectors.
Harvard College, 1961 - A.B. cum laude in Economics
London School of Economics - 1961-1963 - International Trade Studies
Harvard Business School - 1970/71 and 1980/81 - Research Associate
Married-Susan Holaday Schumacher
Chairman , Wholesome Wave Foundation
Director - GrainPro Inc
Director - eFarm Inc
Director - FreshFar Markets
Advisor - James Beard Foundation