Michael R. Dora

State Director of Indiana

Michael Dora

In November 2017, the Trump Administration announced the appointment of Michael Dora as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Indiana.  Dora began his new role on Monday, November 13, 2017.

Dora brings 42 years of experience managing his family’s grain and livestock operation in Rush County.  Having been a volunteer EMT, firefighter, wrestling coach, and local school board trustee, he knows rural needs. 

Presently, Dora serves as Chairman of Ivy Tech Community College Board of Trustees.  He and his wife of 42 years have two sons and eight grandchildren.

As State Director, Dora will use his leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Indiana.

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.