Goodin Named USDA State Director of Rural Development | News

Former Indiana State Rep. and House Minority Leader Terry Goodin has been nominated by President Joe Biden to a top U.S. Department of Agriculture position, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday. USDA.

Goodin was among 11 people appointed by Biden to regional USDA positions, including three state executive directors of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and eight state directors of rural development (RD).

A lifelong Hoosier, Goodin grew up raising beef cattle on the family farm he continues to operate today. Goodin’s post was named the state director of rural development for Indiana.

Most recently, Goodin, 55, of Austin, served 24 years as superintendent of Crothersville Community Schools. However, he also served and represented Jefferson and Scott counties in the Indiana House of Representatives for 20 years, including one year as House Minority Leader. He served on the State Budget Committee and as Vice Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and was a member of the Committees for Agriculture and Rural Development, Natural Resources, Roads and transportation, international trade, banking and finance, and elections and distributions. .

State RD Directors serve as the general manager of rural development in the states and territories and are responsible for carrying out the mission of rural development for the benefit of all in rural America. With guidance and support from the National Office, State Directors are responsible for promoting the rural development mission and strategic goals and providing key leadership to develop and support a productive state workforce. , diverse and inclusive.

The state executive directors of the FSA oversee the operations of the Farm Service Agency and the implementation of agricultural policy 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 clients and other agencies and governments.

Goodin graduated from Eastern Kentucky University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1989 and his Master of Arts in History and Secondary Education in 1990. In 1995 he received his Ph.D. from Indiana University Bloomington. He has also served as a teacher and principal in the Austin and Bloomington South school systems.

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