The Obama Administration has just announced that former IACI Veep Dick Rush will run the USDA's Farm Service Agency in Idaho and Idaho Lottery Alum Wally Hendrick will serve as State Director of Rural Development.
Rep. Walt Minnick nominated the two for the positions back in March. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointments today.
Hendrick's job description, from USDA:
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.
And Rush's task:
The Farm Services Agency works to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural Americans. Some of the agency’s efforts include providing direct operating loans for farm equipment, seed and fertilizer, as well as rural housing loans to help rural people buy, build or rent housing. FSA also procures various commodities to benefit low-income families through domestic food assistance programs. At the same time, the agency creates jobs by funding the growth and creation of rural businesses and cooperatives.