BOISE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — President Biden has approved the appointment of Rudy Soto to serve as USDA’s state director of rural development in Idaho.
Several other regional appointments have also been announced, including the State Executive Director of the Agricultural Services Agency for Gem State.
“As we work to build a better America, we need talented and experienced staff working in our state offices,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “We are thrilled to welcome these dedicated individuals to the USDA at such an important time in the Biden-Harris administration.”
Soto hails from the state of Idaho and was born in Nampa. He is also a member of the Shoshone Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation. Soto will be responsible “for advancing the rural development mission and strategic goals and providing key leadership to develop and sustain a productive, diverse and inclusive public workforce,” according to a press release.
Soto is also a National Guard veteran. “Rural communities in Idaho face great challenges when it comes to accessing affordable housing, high-speed internet, healthcare, and more,” Soto said. “I look forward to working alongside all those dedicated to expanding economic opportunity, creating jobs, and improving the quality of life for Idahoans in rural areas.”
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