Carolyn Cooksie Says Goodbye to FSA After 37 Years

Carolyn Cooksie said a few words of thanks during a ceremony held on the Whitten Patio at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

After 37 years with the Farm Service Agency, Carolyn B. Cooksie, FSA associate administrator, waved goodbye to 80 hour work weeks, long meetings and conference calls to walk into a new adventure — retirement.

Beginning her career as a GS-1 in high school, Cooksie worked her way up from a district office in her home town of Kentucky to the FSA associate administrator for operations and management at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Her work ethic never went unnoticed and was recognized by several individuals during a retirement luncheon and ceremony held Thursday, Sept. 27.

Honors were given by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack while former FSA administrators, undersecretaries and deputies in all divisions paid tribute to Cooksie’s accomplishments. “You have to have a work ethic, show up every day and you have to treat people the way you want to be treated,” said Cooksie in an interview for Fence Post earlier this year. “I learned that it’s not about having a hidden agenda, it’s about doing your job and doing what’s best for the employees and customers.” Read FencePost article on Carolyn Cooksie.

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9 Responses to Carolyn Cooksie Says Goodbye to FSA After 37 Years

  1. Scherrie Giamanco says:

    Farewell Carolyn,
    I know you have heard this repeatedly but it is worth repeating over and over again. You are going to be missed more than you can possibly know.
    When something needed to be done everyone could go to you. We counted on your knowledge, wisdom, common sense, ability, fairness and timeliness.
    Are you absolutely certain you want to go and have a life without the weight of so many depending on you? Thank yo so much for your life of dedication. Hiope you have a wonderful life. With lots of affection, Scherrie

  2. Omar J. Garza says:

    A truly fine lady whom I respect because of her assistance to so many producers and others. Only the best in your retirement Ms Cooksie!!!

    Texas Mexico Border Coalition CBO

  3. Randy Kleiner says:

    Carolyn Cooksie was an inspiration. While I only met her on ocassion, she was an exceptional person

  4. Lenora Tooher says:

    Thank you for giving me yet another reason to love the USA!

  5. Vicky Hinsenbrock says:

    Carolyn Cooksie has been with USDA through good times and bad. She has always been an advocate for both farmers and our agency, which can be a fine line at times. We in the field will miss her help and support. Best luck in the future.


  6. T. C. Chachere says:

    Carolyn, you will be greatly missed. You did a lot of good things for this Agency!! Enjoy your well deserved retirement!

    T. C.

  7. Maria says:

    Ms. Cooksie,

    You have been an inspiration to me and my career. You have shown that if we work hard, respect ourselves and others we can succeed. Best of luck to you in your retirement.

  8. Melissa Cummins says:

    Carolyn has been an inspiration and mentor for many of us. The Agency will miss her greatly. There are few people who have demonstrated the integrity, work ethic, and willingness to stand up for field staff that Carlyon did over her career. From someone who recently retired, I can also testify that it is great – have fun Carolyn. You deserve it.

  9. Thelma Lewis Robertson says:

    Congratulations On Your Retirement Carolyn…Enjoy Life!!!!

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