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Obama Administration continues naming state directors for Rural Development

The Obama Administration Aug. 25 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.

Arkansas

Lawrence Edward McCollough--McCullough has worked for over 38 years with USDA Rural Development in Arkansas. He started with the Farmers Home Administration in Ashdown, Ark., in 1971, and has work in various positions across the state. McCullough helped to lead the Arkansas Single Family Housing program as one of the leaders in guarantees and direct loans and grants. He is retired from the Army reserves, has served on the Governor's Task Force on Supported Housing, and serves as a member of the Arkansas Weather Policy Advisory Council.

New Mexico

Terry Brunner--Brunner has been the State Director for Senator Bingaman since 2002, managing 5 district offices and 19 staff. He served as the Senator's outreach staff on the issues of economic development, public health, energy and public lands. Brunner has a Masters M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University in New Mexico, with an emphasis in Political Science and Community and Regional Planning.

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, Secretary of Agriculture 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.



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