Biden appoints new director of rural development in Washington

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – A new director for rural affairs management in Washington is now in the United States Capitol building.

President Biden announced eight new regional positions at the USDA, with Washington receiving a new state director of rural development.

Helen Price Johnson is the new USDA State Director for Washington. Johnson is now in charge of Washington’s rural development in conjunction with all of rural America. She is responsible for developing strategic goals and leadership in the development of rural communities in the state.

Johnson has been an advocate for small towns, businesses and rural lands in Washington for many years. She served as Past President of the Washington State Counties Association, a two-term member of the South Whidbey School Board, and Island County Commissioner for twelve years.

“We are thrilled to welcome these dedicated individuals to the USDA at such an important time in the Biden-Harris administration,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

Johnson hopes to use grants to create jobs, economic opportunity and improve the overall quality of life for all rural Washingtonians.

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