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Extension agent named regional director for Georgia’s Future Farmers of America

Published: 08/12/14 3:46PM
By: booner

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Charlie Grace (left), Fort Valley State University’s Dougherty County extension agent, will serve as regional director for the Southwest Georgia Future Farmers of America District Area Five in Georgia.

A Fort Valley State University county extension agent is filling a key position in Georgia’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Alumni Association.

Charlie Grace, FVSU’s Dougherty County extension agent, will serve a three year term as the regional director for the Southwest Georgia FFA District Area Five. As regional director, Grace will act as a liaison for FFA alumni chapters and the state council board across the region. His duties will include assisting existing FFA and alumni chapters in the development of new FFA alumni chapters.  Grace will also attend chapter meetings to provide updates relating to current events, activities and membership enrollment issues.

“I feel good about working with my former colleagues and giving back to the community, especially making a difference and having a positive impact in the lives of FFA students. It is very rewarding that I will be able to go out and work the different schools in the southwest Georgia region as it relates to helping them start FFA alumni chapters,” Grace said.

Grace, who first became involved with FFA as a middle school student in Evergreen, Ala., said the FFA board selected him because of his past experience assisting alumni chapters with sponsorships and membership enrollment. He also said the regional director position fits him perfectly because of his work ethic, experience as a former agriculture educator, vocational agriculture instructor and local advisor and creator of the FFA alumni chapter at Monroe High School in Albany.

Furthermore, Grace said this will help him inform the public about FVSU’s Cooperative Extension Program and College of Agriculture.

The Evergreen, Ala., native graduated from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agribusiness management and economics. Prior to becoming an extension agent for FVSU in 2009, Grace worked as a forest technician for the U.S.  Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (1992). Grace then moved on to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., where he worked as a purchasing and inventory supervisor for three years (1993-96). For six years (1996-2002), Grace worked for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives as an agricultural specialist before moving on to the Dougherty County Board of Education where he served as an agriculture and horticulture teacher (2003-09).

In addition to his duties on the state level in FFA, Grace will also serve as membership and financial director for the Randolph Clay alumni chapter.

Grace and his wife Lisa are the parents of two children, Kala, age 18 and Charlie Jr., age 14.