Trump Appoints USDA Director for Twin States

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Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Concord — President Donald Trump has appointed a former pharmaceutical executive to lead the USDA’s rural development efforts in the Twin State region.

Anthony Linardos was appointed state director for USDA Rural Development in Vermont and New Hampshire. He began working in the department’s Concord office on Monday, according to a news release.

Linardos previously worked as a general manager at Omnicare, a long-term care pharmaceutical company owned by CVS Health Corporation, according to his LinkedIn page.

“I am honored to be appointed by the Trump administration to serve the hard-working rural residents of New Hampshire and Vermont,” he said in the USDA news release.

Linardos added that his top priorities include implementing the administration’s efforts to increase innovation, strengthen rural infrastructure and build local partnerships to increase prosperity.

Linardos also also previously served in the U.S. Army Reserve, and holds an advanced degree from Plymouth State University, according to the news release.

He currently lives with his wife and four children in Windham, N.H., a town roughly five miles from the Massachusetts border off on Interstate 93.

His family owns and operates the Just Breathe Yoga NH studio in that community.

Linardos will be replacing former USDA State Director Ted Brady, who was appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in 2013.

Prior to that, Brady served as a senior aid to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. He is now a deputy secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and was appointed to that position by Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, in December 2016.