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Murphy to retire at RMA, Willis named interim administrator

Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy

Agriculture Department Risk Management Agency Administrator Bill Murphy will retire December 31, and Brandon Willis, a senior adviser to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, has been named acting administrator.

Murphy’s intention to retire was announced to USDA staff today by Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse.

“Bill will leave federal service after more than 31 years of outstanding contributions to our nation, including four years of distinguished leadership as the RMA administrator,” Scuse said in an email.

Brandon Willis

Brandon Willis
Before becoming a senior adviser to Vilsack, Willis was deputy administrator for farm programs at the Farm Service Agency. He also worked for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., during the 2008 farm bill process.

Willis grew up on a third-generation sheep ranch in northern Utah and managed his family’s raspberry farm, Scuse noted in the memo today.