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State of Texas
United States Department of Agriculture
News Release
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Trump Administration Appoints Edd Hargett to Serve as State Director for USDA Rural Development in Texas

TEMPLE, TEXAS – The Trump Administration recently appointed Edd Hargett as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Texas. Hargett began his new role on November 27, 2017.

Hargett comes to Rural Development with extensive experience working for electric cooperatives; most recently serving as general manager of East Texas Electric Cooperative since 2005.  Hargett is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in electrical engineering.  

As State Director, Hargett will use his leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Texas.

Under the direction of Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. Secretary Perdue leads the USDA with four guiding principles: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell foods and fiber, and feed and clothe the world; to prioritize customer service for the taxpayers; to ensure that our food supply is safe and secure; and to maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with our miraculous bounty. And understanding that we live in a global economy where trade is of top importance, Secretary Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit

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