Former Oregon State 59th District Representative John Huffman has been appointed as the new State Director for U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development in Oregon. Huffman had announced in the summer he would not be seeking re-election to the House in anticipation of the appointment, and officially submitted a resignation letter on October 26. Huffman will now oversee USDA Rural Development programs in the state. The appointment announcement was part of a host of Rural Development and Farm Service Agency state director appointments made by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to develop economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. The assistance supports infrastructure improvements, business development, home ownership, community services like education, public safety, and healthcare, and high-speed internet access in rural areas.