News from USDA
President Joe Biden recently announced his intent to appoint four U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regional positions, including four Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Directors and five Rural Development (RD) State Directors.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “As USDA continues to work toward improving the lives of all Americans, we welcome these talented individuals who will each play a key role in advancing that shared mission. Each of them will add to the experienced, dedicated and growing team at the Department.”
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.
Prior to her appointment as State Director, Arlisa Armstrong spent nearly three decades working in Rural Development in Western Tennessee.
A native of Haywood County, Armstrong has spent time working with local leaders across Western Tennessee and understands firsthand the integral role USDA Rural Development plays in promoting growth and prosperity for rural communities. She successfully led several initiatives across a 12-county service area, effectively implementing residential, business, commercial, and profit/nonprofit loan and grant making authorities for direct and guaranteed lending programs. She is passionate about her work and has made it her mission to bring opportunity to rural communities across the state.
Armstrong is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where she received her degree in Business Administration.