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March 4, 2014

Tucker chairs FSA State Committee

VALDOSTA — In January, Jerome Tucker replaced Ronald Lee as the chairman of the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee of Georgia.

“While I am sorry that my good friend Ronnie Lee is leaving the chairmanship, I am thrilled that his excellent work will be continued by Jerome Tucker,” said Georgia Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. “It is important that we have the most knowledgeable and invested individuals working for Georgia, and FSA has chosen well with Tucker's appointment.”

Tucker is a Lowndes County native, born and raised on the farm that his grandfather started as a share cropper.

“My entire professional life has been associated with agriculture,” said Tucker.

He got his start helping out on the farm growing up before beginning his first job at a pre-packaging facility for the A&P grocery chain, preparing fruits and produce from south Florida to Maine.

Later, he would go on to work for the Griffin

 Corporation, an international crop protection company.

He also has a long history of social service, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the South GA Health Alliance and the Alapaha Council Boy Scouts of America. In the past, he served on the Valdosta-Lowndes County Tourism Authority, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority, the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and as Campaign Chairman for the United Way, among others.

The Committee oversees the USDA's farm program activities in Georgia, hears the appeals from local farmers and guides the direction of farm program-related agency policy.

Now as part of the USDA, Tucker can apply his life-long knowledge of every aspect of the agriculture business to promoting agriculture and agri-businesses across the state.

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