- Associated Press - Monday, May 26, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The state director in North Dakota for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency has been tabbed to lead a nationwide initiative.

Jasper Schneider will lead USDA’s Community and Economic Development initiative. Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien appointed Schneider.

The goal of the initiative is to extend Rural Development’s reach, focusing on underserved areas, tribal regions and counties with high poverty rates.