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Bobby M. Goode, click for a  high resolution version of this picture for download.

Bobby M. Goode was appointed on August 25, 2009, by President Barack Obama to serve as USDA Rural Development State Director for Tennessee.

A native of Crockett County, Goode grew up working on his family farm. He graduated from Alamo High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1979. Bobby and his wife of 27 years Melinda Poteet have two sons, Garner and Crockett.

Goode, and his entire family, are graduates of Leadership Weakley County. He is a 2007 graduate of WestStar Regional Leadership Program and a 2009 Graduate of the Delta Regional Authority Leadership Institute.

Goode is an active community leader serving on numerous boards and committees. He was instrumental in organizing and developing the Dresden K-8 Outdoor Classroom and was honored in Dresden as the 2009 Tennessee Iris Festival Citizen of the Year.

During the last three years Goode has provided leadership through a period of dynamic change within the agency and the national economy. Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has impacted the lives of more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $2.5 Billion in infrastructure, housing and job creation through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.