Jamie H. Jenkins has been appointed 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 USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Teresa Lasseter.

“With the latest agricultural technology, research and marketing strategies needed in today’s ag industry, I know he will serve the agency well.”

Jenkins has previously 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. 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.

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 United States.

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 in education from Mississippi State University. Jenkins and his wife are the parents of two grown children and the grandparents of one grandson.