Heitkamp announces new N.D. state director for USDA Rural Development
July 22, 2015
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp last week issued the following statement after the President appointed Ryan Taylor to serve as North Dakota State Director for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
"Almost no one understands the needs of rural communities better than Ryan," said Heitkamp. "Growing up in Towner and continuing to work on his family's generations-old ranch have given him a deep, personal understanding of the resources and support that can help rural communities across North Dakota thrive. He will be an asset to farmers and ranchers who will know they have someone at USDA Rural Development who is fighting for them and can find federal resources to best suit North Dakota's needs. He will help communities effectively harness the energy growth in the state. And he will enable the federal government serve as an engine for economic growth for our Main Streets, small towns, and tribal communities.
"Not only does Ryan know the challenges and opportunities in rural towns across the state, but he's also one of the most genuine, passionate people I've met and he truly wants to serve. He lives and breathes rural North Dakota and he will fairly seek out ways to help our rural communities grow and thrive. I can think of no one better to fill Jasper Schneider's shoes than Ryan."
Taylor served in the North Dakota Senate from 2002-2012, serving three sessions on the Agriculture Committee. He served as minority leader during his final two years in office. In 2013, Taylor received a Bush Fellowship to examine the economy of Norway and how its successes can impact North Dakota as the state harnesses its current energy boom. Taylor is a fourth generation rancher in Towner, North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State University with bachelor degrees in Agricultural Economics and Mass Communications.
Jasper Schneider previously served as North Dakota State Director for USDA Rural Development. He stepped down from the position in April.