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Pennsylvania Among First Installment of Rural Development State Directors
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 10/13/2021

Following a press release from President Joe Biden announcing the appointment of several regional appointments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced the appointments of five Farm Service Agency (FSA) state executive directors and seven Rural Development (RD) state directors.

"These 12 individuals are incredible public servants who have a proven track record when it comes to their commitment to advance their states and communities," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Each will serve on the frontlines, carrying out USDA's mission at the state level and ensuring the voice of each and every USDA customer is heard. We are fortunate to have each of these talented individuals at this critical time for farmers and producers and rural communities across America."

FSA state executive directors oversee FSA operations and agricultural policy implementation in the state. Each state executive director works with the State Committee to administer FSA programs and County office operations, develops and maintains stakeholder relationships with customers and other agencies and governments.

RD state directors serve as the chief executive officer of Rural Development in the states and territories and are tasked with carrying out the mission of rural development to the benefit of everyone in rural America. In conjunction with the guidance and support of the National Office, state directors are responsible for promoting the mission and strategic goals of Rural Development and provide key leadership to develop and support a productive, diverse, and inclusive state workforce.

Bob Morgan has been appointed RD state director for Pennsylvania

Morgan spent 25 years in the investment, insurance and banking arenas assisting fellow Pennsylvanians in making decisions that impacted and improved their lives. He also worked for 8 years as deputy chief of staff and district director for Congressman Matthew A. Cartwright of Pennsylvania, working with community leaders on several major economic development initiatives designed to enhance the communities of the Northeastern corner of the state. As a lifelong Pennsylvanian and a resident of a rural community, he is committed to extending greater access to programs designed to upgrade the economic engine driving investment in our rural communities.

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