From The Tribune Staff Reports
MONTGOMERY — Following a press release from President Joe Biden announcing the appointment of several regional appointments on Wednesday, October 13, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the appointment of Nivory Gordon Jr. as the Rural Development (RD) State Director for Alabama. Additionally, USDA announced the appointments of five Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Directors and six other Rural Development (RD) State Directors.
“These twelve individuals are incredible public servants who have a proven track record when it comes to their commitment to advance their states and communities,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Each will serve on the frontlines, carrying out USDA’s mission at the state level and ensuring the voice of each and 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.”
Nivory Gordon, Jr. has over 34 years of service with USDA Rural Development. He joined the agency in 1989 and has held various roles, from Assistant County Supervisor to Area Director. Gordon began his career as a Co-op Student in 1987 while attending Alabama A & M University in Huntsville, Alabama. Gordon obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education in 1989 and a Master of Science in Agricultural Management in 1992. Gordon is a native of Wilcox County, Alabama, and currently resides there and operates a family farm in Furman, Alabama.
RD State Directors serve as the chief executive officer of Rural Development in the states and territories. They are tasked with carrying out the mission of rural development to the benefit of everyone in rural America. In conjunction with the guidance and support of the National Office, State Directors are responsible for promoting the mission and strategic goals of Rural Development and provide key leadership to develop and support a productive, diverse, and inclusive state workforce.
Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements, business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety, and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal, and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, promoting competition and fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy, and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.