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FAMU grad appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at USDA

Monica Armster Rainge, a 1995 agri-business graduate of FAMU, has been appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rainge is an agricultural lawyer and mediator who has worked in the public and private agricultural sectors for more than 25 years. 

Most recently, she served as the Director of Land Retention and Advocacy for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund where she led the development and management of outreach and technical assistance programs that support regional land retention and advocacy initiatives for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and ranchers.

Rainge also directed the Federation’s Regional Heirs Property and Mediation Center which provides USDA-certified mediation services in Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana. Her professional experience with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund dates back to 1996 when she served as a college intern under the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Internship Program.

Experienced in agricultural policy development and program management, she previously served as the Florida State Coordinator for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund. She has managed regional USDA projects focusing on outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.  

The Thomasville, Ga, native has dedicated her career in law and advocacy to fighting for underserved and marginalized communities in food, agriculture and natural resources management.  

Rainge earned her law degree from the University of Florida, and master’s degree in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas.



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