Crystal Zwilling has been selected as the USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher state coordinator in Illinois. She will lead a department-wide effort focused on serving beginning farmers.

Zwilling has worked at Illinois’ Farm Service Agency (FSA) for 10 years as a program technician, farm loan officer and farm loan specialist. In her new position, she will coordinate beginning farmer services among Illinois FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Risk Management Agency and Rural Development.