The Biden administration announced Tuesday that Nivory Gordon, Jr. will be the Alabama state director for rural development for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
President Joe Biden’s announcement included a series of regional and national appointments of state rural development directors and state executive directors of the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
Today we welcome five new @usdafsa executive directors of the state and seven @usdaRD State Directors who will carry out the USDA state-level mission and ensure that the voice of every USDA customer is heard https://t.co/Q8rKl53nVy
– Department of Agriculture (@USDA) 12 October 2021
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack praised the list of people selected by the administration to serve the interests of rural America.
“These twelve people are incredible public servants who have a proven track record in their commitment to advancing their states and communities,” said Vilsack. “Each will serve on the front line, fulfilling the USDA state-level mission and ensuring that the voice of every USDA customer is heard. We are fortunate to have each of these talented individuals at this critical time for farmers and producers and rural communities across America. “
Gordon has over three decades of experience with USDA rural development. When he joined the agency in 1989, he held a number of positions ranging from deputy county supervisor to regional manager. The agricultural professional launched his career in 1987 as a co-op student at Alabama A&M University.
Gordon is the first black individual to serve as USDA’s Alabama State Director for Rural Development.
He received an undergraduate degree in agricultural education and went on to earn a master’s degree in farm management in 1992. The Wilcox County native currently resides in his home county and operates a family farm in Furman.
The stated aim of state directors of rural development is to participate in service that benefits citizens residing in rural areas of the state in which they are appointed to oversee.
According to the statement, state directors are responsible for coordinating with the national office of the department to promote the rural development mission of developing a productive and diverse state workforce.
Dylan Smith is a writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL