USDA Confirms Basil Gooden As Rural Development Under Secretary, Replaces Xochitl Torres Small

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– Basil Gooden has been confirmed as USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development, championing affordable housing and economic development.

– Agriculture Secretary Vilsack praises Gooden’s track record, highlighting his impact on local farmers and rural communities.

The Senate has confirmed Dr. Basil Gooden as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Rural Development. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed confidence in Dr. Gooden’s ability to lead the Rural Development mission area, citing his track record in championing affordable housing, community advancement, and economic development.

Secretary Vilsack praised his extensive experience, highlighting his contributions to critical initiatives under the Biden-Harris Administration. From expanding independent meat and poultry processing to facilitating rural households’ access to high-speed internet through ReConnect, Gooden has played a crucial role in supporting investments in clean water, clean energy, and modernised facilities.

Gooden’s leadership is particularly significant for local farmers. With a focus on expanding economic opportunities and creating jobs, USDA’s Rural Development mission area directly impacts the quality of life for millions in rural areas. This includes crucial loan and grant programs that empower farmers and enhance community infrastructure.

Gooden had served as the Director of State Operations for Rural Development since July 2021 and he brings a wealth of experience to the position. His upbringing on a cattle farm in Buckingham County, Virginia, and a strong passion for agriculture and rural development, inform his commitment to public service.

As the new Under Secretary, Gooden replaces Xochitl Torres Small, confirming his position as a key advocate for local farmers. His leadership is expected to drive policies that benefit agriculture and rural America, aligning with the USDA’s mission to create sustainable growth and improve livelihoods in rural communities.

Chinwendu Ohabughiro
Chinwendu Ohabughiro
Chinwendu Gift Ohabughiro has a background in English and Literary Studies from Imo State University. She brings a fresh perspective to the world of agriculture writing. When she's not penning compelling content, she's likely lost in the pages of a thrilling mystery or treating herself to the sinful delight of chocolate.


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