Obama Administration continues naming State Directors for Rural Development
The Obama Administration July 2 continued naming individuals who will serve as State Director for Rural Development at the USDA.
"These individuals will be important advocates on behalf of rural communities in states throughout the country and help administer the valuable programs and services provided by the USDA that can enhance their economic success," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Anita Dunning: Dunning has been the Multi-Family Housing Program Director for Missouri USDA Rural Development since 2003. In this position, she directs the largest multi-family housing portfolio in the nation and is responsible for the statewide development and promotion of innovative and collaborative strategies for the delivery of Rural Development programs. Dunning has also served as Acting State Director for the FSA on two occasions and has worked in various roles for USDA rural development since 1968.
Darrel Carruth: Carruth retired from USDA after 31 years in Rural Development and its predecessor agency, the Farmers Home Administration. Currently, he and his wife own a food concession business and travel to various fairs, festivals, and tournaments. Carruth serves on the Casper College Alumni Association Board, of which he was President from 2005-2007.
USDA's Rural Development administers and manages over 40 housing, business, and community infrastructure and facility programs as laid out by Congress through a network of 6,100 employees located in 500 national, state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of over $114 billion in loans and loan guarantees.
The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture and natural resources and touches the life of every American. Reflecting President Obama's commitment to expanding economic opportunities in rural America, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the USDA are working to enhance availability of broadband, promote the development of renewable energy, to conserve, maintain and improve our natural resources and environment, and promote a sustainable, safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply.