Associate of Arts in Business Administration, Northeast Mississippi Community College, 1981. Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University, 1983. Master of Agriculture in Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University, 1984.
Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University, 1988.
Graduate research assistant Agriculture and Forestry Experimental Station Mississippi State University, Starkville, 1983-1984, extension marketing specialist Mississippi Co-op Extension Service, 1984-1986, research associate Agriculture and Forestry Experimental Station, 1986-1988, assistant economist, professor department agricultural economics, 1988-1989. Legislation assistant Office of Senator Thad Cochran, United States Senate, Washington, 1989-1996, staff director, 1995-1996, chief of staff, 1997—2006. Under secretary for farm & foreign agricultural services United States Department of Agriculture, since 2006.
Board directors Commodity Credit Corporation, since 2006.
Member Gamma Sigma Delta.