New Minnesota USDA rural development director focused on improving quality of life

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Brad Finstad understands rural Minnesota.

Having grown up in that setting and served in various capacities related to rural Minnesota in both the public and private sector, Finstad has a handle on the issues communities are facing.

In addition, Finstad served as a legislative aid and then as a state representative, so he has an understanding of how government works.

All of that experience will serve Finstad well in his newest role as state director of USDA rural development.

“It is quite an honor for me to serve in this role,” said Finstad, adding he was appointed by President Trump. “My whole career has been related to working in and for rural Minnesota.”

In the role of state director, Finstad said he serves as the eyes and ears of rural development needs for Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, adding he works with the staff of the rural development office to understand what the greatest needs are and how rural development can meet them.

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