Tom Womack has served as department spokesman for more than 25 years. As director of Public Affairs, he is responsible for internal and external communications. In addition to coordinating media relations, he also provides administrative support for programs ranging from food safety and animal health, to forestry, marketing and conservation.
Tom is a 2003 graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute. He has experience in crisis communication through the departmentís forest fire protection and regulatory programs, and through the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. He also serves as liaison to USDA for agricultural disasters.
From 1999 to 2008, he assisted with the administration of the Phase II tobacco grower settlement trust, which provided more than $170 million in compensation to nearly 50,000 Tennessee farm families.
He is a past president of COSDA, a national organization of professionals in agricultural communications. He has been recognized by the National Association of Government Communicators, and twice by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture for Outstanding Accomplishment in Communications.
A graduate of Western Kentucky University, he has a bachelor's degree in Government. His farming back background includes hay, tobacco and beef cattle. As a student, he was active in the Future Farmers of America and served as State Secretary. He has been recognized by the National FFA Organization with the Honorary American FFA Degree, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Tennessee FFA Foundation.
Tom and his wife Chrystal and their children reside on a small family farm in White House, Tennessee, where they raise beef cattle.