Jimmy Hopper has been with TDA since 1985 and is responsible for the administration and implementation of regulatory programs affecting consumer protection and safety. His responsibilities include food, drugs and dairy; weights and measures; petroleum quality; feed, seed and fertilizers; grain dealers and warehouses; pesticides; plant and animal health; laboratory services, and prevention of youth access to tobacco.
He grew up on a dairy and row crop farm in Madison County, Tenn. where he owned and operated the Family Tradition Dairy Farm from 1979 until 1985.
He served as President of the Association of Food and Drug Officials of the Southern States in 1998-99 and currently serves on Tennessee Food Safety Task Force. He served as President of the Association of American Feed Control Officials in 1995-96 and received the Association's Distinguished Service Award in 1994 for his efforts in chairing a task force to improve feed product labeling. He is past member of the Tennessee Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) Program Board of Directors.
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 bachelor's degree in Agriculture in 1975. He previously served on the University of Tennessee at Knoxville Animal Science Department's Advisory Committee where he received his master's in Animal Science in 1977. Jimmy is also a 1987 graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute.