Last week, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that Bette Brand will serve as deputy undersecretary of USDA Rural Development (RD) following the retirement of Donald “DJ” LaVoy. Brand was most recently the administrator of USDA's Rural Business Service, serving since January 2018, and before that she worked for Farm Credit of the Virginias for 35 years.