USDA ANNOUNCED the appointment of Robert A. Carson Jr., a farmer from Marks, Miss., 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.

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.