The Texas Farm Service Agency recently selected Scott Reed to serve as county executive director for Farm Service Agency operations in Nueces County.

As CED, Reed is responsible for FSA federal farm program delivery and related administrative operations. Prior to being selected for the position, Reed worked as a county office trainee with FSA in Jones and Coleman counties.

"I elected to pursue a career in agriculture because I truly believe that agriculture is the backbone of our economy and I wanted play an active role in the agricultural community," Reed said.

Reed, a Navarro County native, was raised in Barry where his family operates a 1,200-acre cotton, grain sorghum and wheat farm. Reed graduated from Tarleton State in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Service and Development and obtained a master's degree in Agriculture Education in 2002.

Prior to the FSA, Reed taught agriculture education to high school students in Muenster and Italy for four years at each location. Reed was also employed for one year by the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation as a field unit manager.

"I have enjoyed experiencing the challenges, opportunities and relationships the past 10 months FSA has afforded and anticipate these same elements to be evident in my new role as county executive director," Reed said. "I bring to the CED position a genuine affinity for agriculture - the people, the industry and the way of life."

Reed said providing effective, efficient service to the agriculture community, maximizing staff resources, streamlining services in the county office and developing a good working relationship with the farmers and ranchers of Nueces County are a few of his immediate goals.

"As CED, I hope to provide county office employees with the tools and resources necessary to create a pleasant working environment that will, in turn, result in a pleasant business experience for the farmers and ranchers who visit our office," Reed said.

When not devoting his time to his CED duties, Reed enjoys fishing and hunting - and anything that keeps him outdoors.