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.