Cole, with Winston County roots, named USDA’s FSA State Committee in Ohio

The Obama Administration recently announced the appointment of Robert (Bob) Cole to the Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee.

Bob replaces John Bresler who stepped down this past year after five years of dedicated service. The State Committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs, county committee operations, appeals, federal farm policy determinations and provides FSA program information to the general public and other Agency stakeholders.

Raised on a diverse farm that produces beef, hay, timber and vegetables crops in Winston County, Mississippi, Bob earned his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from Alcorn State University in Mississippi, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton. Bob is continuing Doctorial studies at the University of Dayton. He was employed with USDA Ohio FSA for over thirty-three years serving as the Franklin County Executive Director, District Director, Chief Specialist for Conservation and Price Support Loan programs. He retired August 3, 2003.

Since 2004, Bob works as an educator with the Columbus City Schools. He was appointed as a member to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board in 20 I 0 and served on the board for three years. The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is charged with establishing statewide standards governing the care and well-being of livestock while promoting food safety, preventing animal and human diseases and encouraging local food production.

“Bob will work with USDA to help farmers and producers build and maintain successful operations that produce the safe, nutritious food supply that America needs while spurring economic development in our nation’s rural communities,” said Steven Maurer, Ohio FSA State Executive Director.

“Also, I am grateful that our four state committee members were reappointed in 2015 and can continue their involvement with Ohio FSA,” said Maurer.”

Through the efficient and equitable administration of price support, conservation, disaster assistance and farm credit programs, FSA promotes and protects agricultural practices to ensure a safe, affordable, abundant and nutritious food supply for all consumers.

Cole is a landowner in Winston County and a former resident of the County. He is the son of Mr. Albert Cole, Sr. of Noxapater, and the late Gertrude Hathorn Cole. Mr. Cole began his career in USDA after graduating from Alcorn State University in 1970.