WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Obama Administration continued naming individuals who will serve as State Director for Rural Development and for the Farm Service Agency at the USDA.


Rural Development -- Jim Isgar: Isgar is currently a Colorado State Senator and chairs the Agriculture and Natural Resources committee. He served as President of the Board of Agriculture for the State of Colorado and has policy experience on energy, healthcare, water research and rural economic issues. Isgar has worked on water conservancy efforts for Colorado and is currently a member of several local boards that focus on the issue. Since 1976, he has managed his family farm with his son.

FSA -- Trudy Kareus: Kareus most recently worked as the Colorado Western Slope Director for then-Senator Ken Salazar where she conducted outreach throughout the region. She has worked with the USDA since 1998, first as a Southwest Area Director for the Farm Service Agency. In that role she worked closely with producers, implemented farm programs and supervised state directors in southwestern states, including Colorado. Her additional roles at USDA include a term as the Director, Native American Programs Office, and as Director, Food Supply Working Group, where she assessed awareness and readiness of the domestic food supply system. Kareus has worked for a variety of elected U.S. officials and provided guidance on issues of agriculture and rural development. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado State University.


Rural Development -- Wallace Hendrick: Hendrick most recently was the General Manager for Esco Supply and established retail stores across six western states. He started a natural resource marketing and management firm, Resources Northwest, Inc., that successfully coordinated with government and private organizations on issues of economic development. Hendrick served as the first Executive Director of the Idaho Lottery and launched it into a profitable organization. He is a third generation resident of rural Idaho and holds leadership roles on education boards in his community. Hendrick received a B.S. in resource management from the University of Nevada-Reno, and has a master's degree in marketing and management from the University of Northern Colorado.

FSA -- Richard Rush: Rush was the Vice President for Natural Resources for the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry for five years before leaving to work as CEO of the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho in 2006. He also served as the Idaho State Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency from 1993-2001. Rush served as the Vice President of Legislative Affairs at the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, and as a state director for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. He has experience managing food production sales and promoted wheat in both the domestic and international markets during his tenure as Administrator with the Idaho Wheat Commission. While at the Coeur D'Alene Tribe Development Enterprise, he managed six businesses including a 6,000 acre dryland farm and livestock operation. Rush holds a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from the University of Idaho and a master's degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis.


Rural Development -- Patricia Clark: Clark is the Director of Operations for the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita, Kan. Prior to that, she worked with the Kansas Department of Commerce on the agency's rural programs and also served as the Director of the Public Policy Division at the Kansas Farm Bureau. Clark was honored as an Outstanding Young Alumnus by Kansas State University and is the founding member of the Kansas Ag and Rural Leadership Program. She holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture from Kansas State University.

FSA -- Adrian Polanski: Polansky has served as the Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Kansas since 2003 and is the owner of a 1900-acre family farm and wholesale farm seed company. From 1993-2001, he served as the Kansas State Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency. He is a recognized leader on agricultural issues and has been actively engaged with many national and local agricultural organizations for over 30 years, including his current position as President of the Food Export Association of the Midwest, and as Secretary-Treasurer at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). In 1999 Polansky was honored by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for his efforts in implementing disaster assistance. He also received a USDA Distinguished Service Award for outstanding leadership and management during his tenure as State Executive Director. Polansky has a bachelor's degree in agronomy from Kansas State University.