November 8, 2017

Douglas Wilson to Serve as State Director for USDA Rural Development in Illinois

The Trump Administration recently appointed Douglas Wilson as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Illinois. Wilson will begin his new role on Monday, Nov. 13.

Wilson is a 3rd generation farmer, lifelong resident of rural Illinois, and past Illinois State Director for Rural Development. He has served in leadership roles in a variety of agricultural, community, and not-for-profit organizations.

"It is an honor to be selected by the President to fill the extremely important role of State Director of Rural Development in Illinois," Wilson said. "I look forward to working with the President, Secretary of Agriculture, and the Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development to increase rural prosperity and enhance customer service through innovation and partnerships in our state."

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

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