December 07, 2011 EditionAlso in this issue...
Goff retires as LawCo. FSA director
After 28 years of federal service, Rickey Goff hung up his hat as executive director of the Lawrence County Farm Service Agency last week.
Approximately 125 people attended a reception in his honor last Tuesday at the local FSA office.
Goff began his career by working two years with the Famers Home Administration, then completed a training program with FSA and became an executive director.
He served short stints in Fulton County, Stone County and VanBuren County, as well as three years in Independence County.
Originally from Smithville, Goff was happy to be able to return to serve in his home county. He had been executive director in Lawrence County for 20 and a half years.
Goff said technology has brought about many changes during his time on the job.
"When I first started, we were doing everything on paper," he said. "Around 1985 we started using computers, and it has constantly gotten to where more and more is done on the computer."
The best part of the job for Goff has been the people he has gotten to work with through the years.
"The farmers we have in this county are the best and most productive farmers that I've been around in the state," he said.
He also had praise for those within his office.
"I've always been surrounded by good employees and a good county committee to work with," he said. "They have taken care of me."
Goff also taught school for 11 years at Strawberry, and his wife of 41 years, Virginia, is a retired schoolteacher, having taught at Oak Ridge and Strawberry, eventually retiring from River Valley School District.
They have two sons, Kevin, who is an attorney in Phoenix, and Keith, who is an engineer with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department in Benton.
Goff said his plans for retirement are to work on his cattle farm at Smithville and spend more time with his family.