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Carlson Begins Tenure at N.D. USDA Rural Development
North Dakota Ag Connection - 12/07/2017

The Trump Administration recently appointed Clare Carlson as the state director for USDA Rural Development in North Dakota. Carlson began his new tensure at the department this past week.

Carlson has 17 years of senior executive leadership including previously serving nearly eight years successfully as the state director of USDA Rural Development. He brings an extensive background in public policy including rural issues having served on the senior staff of North Dakota Governors Schafer and Hoeven, as agriculture legislative assistant during the 1985 Farm Bill and later as State Agriculture Director, both to U.S. Senator Mark Andrews. He served in the North Dakota House of Representatives and was a statewide election candidate for North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner in 2000. Since 2009, Carlson has served as the Deputy Director of Workplace Safety and Insurance (WSI). He has a family farm where he raises wheat, soybeans and canola. Carlson is married and lives in Bismarck.

"I am looking forward to serving rural North Dakotans again," said Carlson. "With this opportunity, I will work to help our communities thrive and improve the quality of life for residents."

As atate sirector, Carlson will use his leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural North Dakota.

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