Jimmy Hopper was reared on a dairy and row crop (cotton, corn, wheat, soybeans, alfalfa) farm in Madison County located in West Tennessee. He owned and operated the Family Tradition Dairy Farm in Madison County from 1979 until 1985. Jimmy has been employed with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture since 1985 and currently serves as Assistant Commissioner, Consumer and Industry Services Division. He is responsible for the administration and implementation of all regulatory programs within the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Program areas under his direction include Food and Drug, Dairy, Weights & Measures, Petroleum Quality, Feed, Seed, Fertilizer, Grain Dealers and Warehouses, Pesticides, Plant Certification, Apiary, Animal Health, the associated laboratory functions and the access of tobacco to minors.
Jimmy served as President of the Association of Food & Drug Officials of the Southern States in 1998-99 and currently serves on the State of Tennessee’s Food Safety Task Force. He served as President of the Association of American Feed Control Officials in the years 1995-96 and received the Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1994 for his efforts in chairing a task force charged with developing more meaningful feed labeling. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) Program.
He has served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the University of Tennessee at Martin College of Agriculture and Environmental Resources where he received his B.S. in Agriculture in 1975 and previously served on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Animal Science Department’s Advisory Committee where he received his Masters in Animal Science Degree in 1977. Jimmy is also a 1987 graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute.