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Tas Smith named FSA state director

On Nov. 3, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Tas Smith has been appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as as Georgia Farm Service Agency state director. Smith has led Georgia Farm Bureau’s advocacy efforts at the national level since 2012.

“Georgia’s farmers and Georgia Farm Bureau have benefited greatly from Tas’ work on their behalf at the state and national levels,” said Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long. “He has worked tirelessly to build relationships with state and federal policy makers to make sure that farmers’ concerns were heard. We certainly hate to lose him, but we know he’ll do a fantastic job serving Georgia’s farmers with the FSA. We wish him well.”

As a part of GFB’s Public Policy team, Smith, has worked to promote agricultural causes at the Georgia and U.S. capitols. A native of Taylor County, he came to Georgia Farm Bureau in 2005 as a legislative specialist. In 2012 he was named GFB National Affairs Specialist. Earlier this year he was promoted to assistant public policy pirector for legislative programs.

Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Valdosta State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Tiffin University. He and his wife Stephanie have two children.

Smith worked as a volunteer on Perdue’s first campaign for governor and served as his county chairman in Taylor County. He also worked as an intern for then Rep. Johnny Isakson in 2000.