FSA directors manage farm programs. RD directors "work to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America," the USDA said in a press release.
Perdue touted the state directors as playing a critical role in providing home-state customer service to ranchers, foresters, and farmers across the country. Many of the appointees have previous experience serving rural communities, such as Kentucky RD Director Hilda Legg who ran the Rural Utilities Service, one of the RD agencies, in the George W. Bush administration.
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