- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - President Barack Obama has appointed former North Dakota Senate minority leader Ryan Taylor to lead the state office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency.

Taylor will succeed Jasper Schneider, who resigned from USDA in April to return to the private sector.

Taylor is a Towner rancher who served in the state Senate from 2002-2012. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says Taylor understands the needs of rural communities.

USDA Rural Development offers programs aimed at improving the economy and quality of life in rural America.

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