Amanda serves as a Beginning Farmer and Rancher Regional Coordinator for USDA. In this role, she assists with the beginning farmer and rancher program outreach and provides support to USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher State Coordinators and Champions across the country.
Amanda is a 6th-generation farmer from Russell Springs, KY where she and her family have a registered Angus and Hereford operation. Amanda graduated from Russell County High School and attended Western Kentucky University where she earned a B.S. in Agricultural Education and completed her M.A.E. in Gifted Education.
Her career with the Farm Service Agency began in 2005 as a summer intern with the Farm Loan Program and was later hired as a temporary employee before joining the agency full-time in 2008 as a Farm Program Technician. In 2012 Amanda was hired as a Farm Loan Officer Trainee and was a Farm Loan Officer until she took on the role of Kentucky and Tennessee Beginning Farmer and Rancher Regional Coordinator in January of 2016. Amanda has led initiatives promoting beginning farmers, veterans, women in agriculture, and youth. She has a passion for agriculture and helping individuals fulfill their dreams of owning and managing their own farming operations.
Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, and competing in 5K races.