State Director of North Carolina
Born and raised on a diversified livestock and row crop operation in Mississippi, Robert comes to USDA with a life-long agricultural background. Most recently, Hosford worked with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in a variety of roles including the International Marketing Section, where he worked with industrial crops and foreign direct investment opportunities.
Mr. Hosford previously served as the NCDA&CS Intergovernmental Affairs and Military Liaison, building relationships around state government agencies, the Department of Defense, and leadership within commands on military bases in North Carolina. From 2008-2010 Hosford was president of pH Solutions, a clean water technology company based in London, U.K.
In 2004, Mr. Hosford was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Confidential Advisor to the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency. During this time, he also performed additional duties related to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Secretaries Energy Council.
After graduation from MSU, Hosford began his career with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as the Director of Agriculture Policy. From there he joined the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association as the Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs.