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Richard Rush

Richard Rush

State Director for Idaho

Richard (Dick) Rush was born and raised in Idaho and grew up on the family farm in Moscow. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his new role and wholeheartedly supports initiatives to uplift communities throughout Idaho.

Rush has served as the State Executive Director for the Idaho USDA Farm Service Agency under two administrations, and as Director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture under two Governors.  He served as a Commissioner for the Idaho Soil Conservation Commission, was Administrator of the Idaho Wheat Commission and managed the businesses for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. His reputation as a compassionate leader precedes him, having served as Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross for Greater Idaho. Earlier in his career, Rush served as Vice President of Natural Resources for the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry and worked for Boise Cascade Corporation in two states. Beyond his distinguished career, Rush has actively supported the Idaho Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves. He has contributed to environmental conservation efforts as a member of the Ada Soil and Water Conservation District.

As a proud graduate of the University of Idaho, with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and a Master of Science in the same field from the University of California Davis, his professional and educational journey reflect a deep commitment to Idaho and serving the public. With his diverse background and strong dedication, Richard is eager to help make a meaningful difference in rural development, and prosperity in Idaho.