New Ray/Clay FSA director glad ‘to come back home’

Holly Crouse, the new Ray/Clay Farm Service Agency county executive director, knows her way around a farm: She was raised on one in DeKalb County, where her parents and grandparents farmed row crops and raised cattle and horses. She and her husband currently have a small cattle operation in Gentry County. (Photo by Joy Tipping/Richmond News)

By Joy Tipping/Richmond News Managing Editor

Holly Crouse is a native Missourian, and has spent most of her career in service to the state’s residents — so the chance to return to the Show-Me State, after living in Iowa and Kansas — was too good to pass up, even though she had just started a job in Topeka last November.

In April, Crouse (rhymes with “mouse”) took on leadership of the Ray/Clay Farm Service Agency, as its new county executive director. The two-county FSA is housed at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center in Richmond.

“It was a great chance to come back home,” said Crouse, 48, “and I was already somewhat familiar with this area; I have family in Kansas City,” and most of her life and career have been spent in Northwest Missouri.

She’s from DeKalb County, having grown up in the small town of Union Star, where her parents and grandparents farmed row crops and raised cattle and horses.

She went to Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, then spent 16 years with the Missouri Department of Transportation, working out of its Northwest District office in St. Joseph.

At MoDot, Crouse worked in the public affairs department, dealing with “anything related to informing the public,” she said — customer service, media relations, marketing. “I got a lot of experience working and talking with customers, in public meetings and things like that,” she said.

She decided to make a switch, moving to FSA, and worked as a program technician in the Nottoway County office in Maryville for almost two years.

The complete version of this story appears in the Tuesday, June 5, 2018, edition of The Richmond News.

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