Darryl Earnest has served as the Deputy Administrator for the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program since 2005. Since joining the Federal Government after graduating from college in 1990, Darryl has spent his entire career with the AMS Cotton Program, spanning many different areas of cotton operations and program management.
His career has carried him twice to Washington DC and three times to Memphis after beginning his career in Mississippi. In January 2008, AMS consolidated the AMS Tobacco Program with the Cotton Program and placed the new “Cotton and Tobacco Program” under Darryl’s direction.
As national director for both divisions, he is responsible for all operations including grading, standardization, market news, IT, research and promotion, quality assurance, international initiatives, legislative policy and administration. Darryl graduated from the University of Alabama in 1990 with a degree in Industrial Engineering.