Friday, July 10, 2009

My Friends

In 1992, I was selected as a member of LEAD Class IV at Ohio State. There I made many new friends, one of whom was Bill Coppess, farmer near Ansonia, Ohio.

We like to compare notes on family and crop and looks like Bill's family took a hike up in the USDA.


WASHINGTON, July 9, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today named Jonathan Coppess as Administrator for the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
"Jonathan Coppess brings a wealth of agricultural policy experience to USDA's leadership team," Vilsack said. "His farm background will be invaluable as President Obama and I work to assure the soundness of the safety net for American farmers and ranchers."

Previously, Coppess worked for U.S. Senator Ben Nelson as his Legislative Assistant for Agriculture, Energy and Environmental policy. He joined Senator Nelson's staff in February 2006, and practiced law in Chicago for four years before returning to Washington to work on agriculture policy.

Coppess grew up on his family's corn and soybean farm in west-central Ohio, where his father and brother continue the seven-generation farming operation. He holds a bachelor's degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and a law degree from The George Washington University Law School. Coppess and his wife, Susan, have a nine-month old daughter. They live in the Washington, D.C. area.

The FSA administers and manages farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster and loan programs through a network of federal, state and county offices. These programs are designed to help producers manage their business risks and improve the stability and strength of the domestic agricultural economy."

I know some really neat people.

That is cool!



  1. he ed, the eastern shore of Md & De.........could you tell where they had been wet earlier on? my friends in Md where quite late getting started.

    per something you said somehwere i read recently....................My Dad also said Truman was the best Prez! but he still thiks Clinton was the worst but he'll (Clinton) most likely get bumped, soon on that end of the list!

    hope LuAnn & you are doing well! joe(nc)

  2. Well I know I posted a comment Joe but I guess it didn't take!

    Dad and Grandpa were big Truman men and worked on his campaign. The quiet farmer from Missouri who walked softly but carried a big stick.

    Personally I thought Clinton represented the country well with his zipper down. His naysayers were just jealous!