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USDA appoints Joyce White Ga. rural development director

On Nov. 3 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Joyce White has been appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as Georgia director of USDA Rural Development.

White most recently has worked as state director for Sen. David Perdue, coordinating the senator’s activities in the state and working as the point of contact for constituent services, helping Georgians resolve issues with federal agencies.

White served as Commissioner Gary Black’s chief of staff at the Georgia Department of Agriculture from 2012 to 2014, overseeing communications, constituent services and government affairs. She served as an executive assistant under Sonny Perdue for his entire term as Georgia’s governor.

White grew up in Clayton County and has a degree from Clayton College and State University. She and her husband Jeff have two grown children, Emily and Rachel.

According to the agency’s website, USDA Rural Development promotes economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. The agency offers technical assistance and information to help farmers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations.