Otis Wright

Director, Tougaloo College Farm Aid

Jackson, MS

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Otis creates and implements outreach, advocacy and technical assistance programs for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in the Mississippi Delta.

Otis Wright, Jr, a native of Tallulah, La, is the Director of Tougaloo College Farm Aid which is a USDA 2501 outreach and advocacy program for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. As director, Mr. Wright manages the direction of the program, and its outreach and advocacy services in seven counties in the Mississippi Delta.

Before engaging in his current role, Mr. Wright’s career started shortly after earning a B.S. in Ag-Economics from Alcorn State University in May 2006. Following graduation he returned home to manage his local farmers market for two years through Americorps. In October 2008 he was hired by the Federation of Southern Cooperatives as an Agri-Business Specialist for the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives where he held that position 5 years. During this term Wright worked extensively in Mississippi and Louisiana providing technical assistance to individual farmers and cooperatives.

Since serving in the current position Mr. Wright has assisted the socially disadvantaged farmer by providing them with relevant educational materials, trainings and hands-on workshops, as well as increasing the number of participation in USDA programs. His experience has shown him that even though there is more resources than ever for ag-related operations, there is still a vital need for outreach work that is geared toward minority farmers.