U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Teresa Lasseter has announced the appointment of Jamie H. Jenkins, to serve as FSA state executive director for Tennessee.

"Jamie Jenkins' strong background in education and agricultural Extension will help Tennessee producers optimize their use of resources and promote sustainable agriculture," said Lasseter. "With the latest agricultural technology, research and marketing strategies needed in today's ag industry, I know Dr. Jenkins will serve the agency well," Lasseter said.

Prior to his appointment, Jenkins served as director of research for Agricenter International in Memphis, where he coordinated research activities with public and private agribusinesses. For three decades, Jenkins led the University of Tennessee's Extension office, providing leadership in educational programs in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth and rural development.

An avid educator, Jenkins provided educational information and recommendations on production and marketing of cotton, soybeans, corn, grain sorghum, small grain, forages, beef, swine, dairy and poultry to commercial farmers.

For more than 20 years, Jenkins has been a member of multiple agricultural associations where he has played a key role in providing leadership and direction in Tennessee agriculture.

As president and treasurer of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, Jenkins served as a member of the Joint Council of Extension Professionals that developed and recommended budgets for research and Extension in the U.S. and its holdings.

A Tennessee native, Jenkins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and a Master of Science degree in Extension education from the University of Tennessee. He went on to receive a doctorate degree in education from Mississippi State University.

Jenkins and his wife are the parents of two grown children and the grandparents of one grandson.

FSA ensures the well-being of American agriculture, the environment and the American public through efficient and equitable administration of numerous farm programs. Each state executive director oversees FSA's responsibilities to farmers and ranchers within the state's boundaries and contributes feedback to assist the agency with policy decisions. FSA's farm programs include commodity programs; farm ownership, operating and emergency loans; conservation and environmental programs; emergency and disaster assistance; domestic and international food assistance and international export credit programs.