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Robert Hosford - Executive Director
 

Robert.Hosford@ncagr.gov

Robert Hosford was selected as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Agricultural Finance Authority.

In 2019 Hosford assumed the role as State Director, Rural Development/USDA based in Raleigh. During his tenure Rural Development efforts obligated close to $4 Billion into rural North Carolina communities, towns and counties. These expenditures came in the form of single family housing loans, water and environmental projects, business and industry loans and grants, firehouses, libraries, charter schools and rural hospitals.

He joined the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in 2010, in the International Marketing Division. He specialized in export of: cotton, forestry products, Christmas Trees and meat products.

Currently, he serves as the Director of Intergovernmental and Military Affairs. In this effort he spends a great deal of time working on foreign direct investment and economic development projects for rural North Carolina.

Prior to NCDA&CS, Hosford was the President of pH Solutions, a London based clean water solution.

In 2004, Hosford was appointed by President George W. Bush as the Chief of Staff of the Farm Service Agency/USDA in Washington D.C. In that capacity he oversaw the day to day operations of the 16,000 employee agency. Additionally, he served as the Special Advisor to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). In 2006, he accepted additional responsibilities with The President’s Council on Environmental Quality(CEQ). During this time, he was also asked to serve on the Secretaries Energy Council that was Co-Chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns and Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman.

In 1998, Hosford joined the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) based in Fort Worth, Texas as the Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs. While with TSCRA he was the government affairs advocate on behalf of the 20,000-member organization focusing his efforts in the 3 state legislatures of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and the 3 Congressional delegations.

During his time in Texas he did postgraduate studies at Texas A&M University at College Station.

After graduating from Mississippi State University with a degree in Agricultural Journalism, Hosford accepted a position as the Director of Agricultural Policy with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in the Washington D.C. office. During that time, he handled all appropriations issues, the 1996 Farm Bill legislation and all conservation policy issues.

Hosford was born and raised on a diversified row crop, forestry and livestock operation in Mississippi.

Robert and his daughter reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 
Susan Marcks - Assistant Director
 

Susan.Marcks@ncagr.gov

Susan Marcks has been with NC Agricultural Finance Authority for over 16 years.  She has held titles of Administrative Assistant, Accounting Manager and most recently was promoted to Assistant Director.  Susan previously worked within the private banking industry before joining the Agency.  She was born in rural West Virginia and her family moved to North Carolina when she was 8 years old.  Susan is married and has two children, Andrew, 18, and Austin, eternally 21.  She and her husband love sports, being active outdoors and traveling. 

 
Larry A. Green - Program Loan Officer
 

Larry.Green@ncagr.gov

Mr. Green (Larry) grew up on his family’s farm located in Davie County, North Carolina. He attended Davie County High School and graduated with his diploma in 1971. He was accepted to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in Fall, 1971 and completed his first year. In 1972, he decided to become a volunteer representative of his faith. He lived and worked in France for 2 years where he learned the culture and became fluent in the French language. Upon returning home Mr. Green again returned to college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture in 1978. After graduation he accepted the position of Horticulture Agent for Alamance County, NC, where he worked until 1980.  Subsequently, he started a small nursery operation in Iredell County which was later sold. Meanwhile, Mr. Green decided that an advanced degree in Agricultural Economics would be appropriate and strengthen his Horticulture Degree. He returned to Brigham Young University in 1983 where he studied for and earned a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics.

After graduation he was employed by Farmer’s Home Administration as Assistant County Supervisor in Midvale, Utah where he remained for 2 years. He subsequently transferred to Harnett County, NC as Assistant County Supervisor. In 1988, he was promoted to County Supervisor for Jackson, Swain and later Haywood counties where he was responsible for loan making and servicing of farm and home loans, as well as supervisory duties for the office. He remained in that position until 1995 when Farmer’s Home Administration was split. He then decided to remain in farm lending and was transferred to the Farm Service Agency as a Farm Loan Officer. He was responsible for farm lending and servicing of a large area of western North Carolina with as many as 13 counties, ranging at times from Murphy, east to Morganton. Due to a significant number of Spanish speaking borrowers and loan applicants, he decided to take a beginning Spanish course at a local community college where he learned basic Spanish speaking skills. In 2009 he was offered and accepted a position in the North Carolina FSA State Office in Raleigh as Farm Loan Servicing Specialist. He was responsible for Farm Loan Servicing for the entire state. In 2011 he retired from FSA. 

After retirement, Mr. Green continued to work part time with farmers as a self-employed loan financial specialist assisting producers with record keeping and other administrative matters. He later also became employed part time with NCDA & CS as a Plant Pest Aide in the Plant Protection Division where he worked for approximately 6 years.

Larry is married and has a wonderful wife and family. He has four daughters and presently 8 grandchildren, ages 9 to 2.  He and his wife, Debra reside in Mocksville, NC where they recently returned after many years’ absence. He recently joined NC Ag Finance Authority as Farm Loan Officer, and is excited to be back into farm lending, to which he has dedicated his career.

 
H. Rossie Bullock - Program Loan Officer
 

Rossie.Bullock@ncagr.gov

Rossie Bullockis a native of Chadbourn, NC. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from N.C. State University. Rossie retired from USDA Rural Development after 30 years of service. While with Rural Development Mr. Bullock held the positions of Assistant County Supervisor, County Supervisor, Business Programs Specialist and Area Director. Mr. Bullock also has seven years of experience in the banking industry and is currently employed with North Carolina Agricultural Finance Authority as a Farm Loan Officer.

 
JoAnn Rozier - Accounting Manager
 

Joann.Rozier@ncagr.gov

JoAnn Rozier provides administrative support to the NCAFA team since 2016.  JoAnn is a native of New York and has previously worked in the private sector in New York and North Carolina as an administrative assistant, sales representative and finance manager.  She has extensive experience with all administrative tasks, and is adept at tailoring her skills to meet the needs of various roles. JoAnn developed a strong sense of community by volunteering on activities committees, local schools and serving as Vice President of her homeowner’s association.  JoAnn, her husband and son reside in Knightdale and enjoy spending time camping, relaxing on their boat, and traveling.

 

 

 

NC Agricultural Finance Authority
Address: 1101 Spring Forest Rd., Suite 150, Raleigh NC, 27615-5843
Phone:919-790-3949  FAX:919-790-3954



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