WASHINGTON – USDA announced the appointment of Robert A. Carson, Jr., a farmer from Marks, to a position on the Farm Service Agency's State Committee in Mississippi.

FSA state committees are responsible for the general direction and supervision of state FSA programs. The committee keeps farmers informed of Agency program activities and resolves appeals and complaints. Members maintain cooperative relationships with the agribusiness community.

Carson is the owner and operator of Buckskin Planting Co., in Marks, Besides growing cotton on his 2,000-acre farm in Quitman County, he also produces corn, soybeans and grain sorghum.

According to USDA, FSA ensures the well-being of American agriculture, the environment and the American public through efficient and equitable administration of farm commodity programs; farm ownership, operating and emergency loans; domestic and international food assistance and international export credit programs.

Besides a number of positions with the Stoneville, Miss.-based Delta Council and the National Cotton Council of America, Carson most recently has served as president of Cotton Council International, the export promotion arm of the cotton industry.

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