Moneta native named to USDA deputy under secretary for rural development

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A Moneta native and current resident of Roanoke has been named deputy under secretary for rural development.

Bette Brand was the Administrator of Rural Development’s Rural Business Service agency before her appointment as deputy under secretary. She replaces D.J. LaVoy.

“DJ LaVoy is a true public servant and brought decades of leadership in economic development and affordable housing,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “We are appreciative of his service here at USDA and wish him nothing but the best as he heads into retirement. The mission of Rural Development to improve the economy and quality of life in rural America will continue to advance with Bette at the helm. Like President Trump, Bette’s drive and tenacity to fight for those living in rural areas and to increase rural prosperity is admirable. She is perfectly suited for this role.”

Brand came to USDA after 35 years with Farm Credit of the Virginias, where she served as an advocate for ag and rural businesses and chief sales officer.

An animal science major, Brand also holds an MBA from Virginia Tech. She and her husband, David, live in Roanoke.

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