Greenville native John G. Campbell has been appointed the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Mississippi.
U.S. Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) recommended Campbell, who is a senior policy aide in Hyde-Smith’s Washington office, for the position. Campbell assumes State Director responsibilities on July 6, replacing John Rousaville.
As state director, Campbell will administer USDA Rural Development programs and set priorities particular to the rural needs of Mississippi. Rural development programs cover a broad range of issues, including economic development, business and cooperative services, utilities, and housing.
Campbell has almost 15 years of experience in the agricultural and rural setting, including roles in Mississippi and the nation’s capital. He joined the staff of Hyde-Smith in 2018, handling a wide range of legislative and policy areas, including economic development, energy, telecommunications and agriculture. He previously worked 12 years with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce where he held several positions, including State Entomologist, Director of the Bureau of Plant Industry, and Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce.
Campbell earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University in 2001 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Delta State University in 2004.
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