2 picked for Miss. USDA posts

The Obama Administration today announced that Michael Sullivan will serve as executive director for the USDA’s Farm Service Agency in the state and Trina George will serve as state director for Rural Development.

Sullivan has been a full- time farmer since 1970. He operates a 2,000-acre row crop, poultry and cattle business with his brother. From 1990-1996, he worked in a variety of senior management roles at the National Furniture Market in Tupelo, rejoining the group in 2000 as executive director.

In addition to his agricultural experience, Sullivan has years of service in civic and charitable activities and was honored in 2005 for his efforts in raising more than $2 million for the City of Hope Cancer Research Hospital in Los Angeles.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Mississippi State University.

George has worked in Thompson’s congressional office since 1994 as a special projects coordinator and office manager. She is responsible for coordinating outreach services, participates in district development events and works with federal agencies to resolve constituent issues.