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USDA Announces Rural Development State Director for Kansas
Kansas Ag Connection - 06/24/2022

Thursday, President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint five U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regional positions, including three Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Directors and two Rural Development (RD) State Directors, including for Kansas

"Here at USDA, we continue to add experienced and talented individuals to our state offices," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "I have full confidence that each of these individuals will add knowledge and leadership to the dedicated team at the Department."

FSA State Executive Directors oversee Farm Service Agency operations and agricultural policy implementation 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 customers and other agencies and governments.

RD State Directors serve as the chief executive officer of Rural Development in the states and territories and 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.

Christy Cauble Davis will be appointed RD State Director in Kansas

Davis is a fifth-generation Kansan who has dedicated her career to serving and strengthening Kansas communities. For more than two decades, Davis has facilitated statewide projects and programs that have generated billions of dollars in economic impact.

She has served as legislative chair for the Kansas Downtown Development Association and on the board of the Chase County Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, Davis served as executive director of Symphony in Flint Hills.

In line with her passion of strengthening communities, in 2016, Christy and her husband Luke adopted a historic building in Cottonwood Falls and transformed it into an award-winning laundromat.

In 2019, the couple rehabilitated an historic bank building to create new housing and a bookstore.

When she is not working, Davis enjoys participating in community events, hiking, swimming, reading and spending time with her son.

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