TOPEKA - The Trump Administration recently appointed Lynne Hinrichsen as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Kansas. Hinrichsen began her new role on Monday, Nov. 27.

Hinrichsen has an extensive background in sales, marketing, advertising, management, strategic planning and business development through her career in the staffing, beef cattle and food distribution industries. Most recently, Hinrichsen served as the Agribusiness Development Director for the Kansas Department of Agriculture. In that role, she assisted Kansas agricultural businesses find new domestic and international markets for their products, as well as recruiting and assisting agricultural businesses. Prior to working for the state government, Hinrichsen owned and operated a professional staffing service for 13 years in Manhattan, Kan., where she provided human resource consulting services to companies. Hinrichsen lives in Westmoreland, Kan., with her husband and children. They have owned and operated Hinrichsen Ranch, a registered Angus cattle operation, for more than 25 years.

As State Director, Hinrichsen will use her leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Kansas.

Under the direction of Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. Secretary Perdue leads the USDA with four guiding principles: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell foods and fiber, and feed and clothe the world; to prioritize customer service for the taxpayers; to ensure that our food supply is safe and secure; and to maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with our miraculous bounty. And understanding that we live in a global economy where trade is of top importance, Secretary Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Kansas, visit or by calling (785) 271-2700.