USDA Logo Rural Development Logo USDA Rural Development Main Masthead
SpacerHomeDividerAbout RDDividerNewsroomDividerAgencies & OfficesDividerPrograms & OpportunitiesDividerHelpDividerContact UsDividerEn Español
Search RD
Spacer
Go
Spacer
Browse by Audience
Spacer
Spacer
Browse by Subject
Spacer
Business
Community Development
Cooperatives
Energy
Housing
Utilities
Loans
Grants
Technical Assistance
Forms and Publications
Regulations and Guidance
Online Services
Left Navigation Menu Bottom
Newsroom
News Release
Release No. STELPRD4023936
ContactSamantha Evenson(701) 893-2220
Printable Version  Printable Version
(MAY 22, 2014) AGRICULTURE UNDER SECRETARY APPOINTS SCHNEIDER TO LEAD NATIONWIDE EFFORT

Bismarck, N.D., May 22, 2014 -- Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development, Doug O’Brien, announced today that Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development state director in North Dakota, was selected to lead the department’s nationwide Community and Economic Development (CED) initiative.

“I have made it a priority to build upon CED efforts to support our mission to improve the quality of life in rural America and expand economic opportunities,” O’Brien said. “Under State Director Schneider’s leadership, he will emphasize the delivery of USDA programs to regions that need our help the most.”

In addition to his role as state director, Schneider will lead a core team of individuals to implement the CED initiative across the country. The goal is to extend the reach of USDA Rural Development by proactively engaging partners and communities. Efforts will be focused on underserved areas, tribal regions and persistent-poverty counties. Through collaboration with the public and private sector, communities can be empowered to build capacity for change at the local level.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has flexible programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers while improving quality of life. With a loan portfolio of $199.3 billion, Rural Development utilizes over 40 programs to address rural America’s diverse and unique needs. For more information, please visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov.

#

Last Modified:11/20/2014 
 
Footer Corner
RD Home | USDA.gov | Site Map | Policies and Links
FOIA | Accessibility Statement | Privacy Policy | Non-Discrimination Statement | Information Quality | FirstGov | White House