Midlothian, VG | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1997
Dr. Joseph Coffey is vice president of Economics and Planning at Southern State Cooperative Incorporated in Richmond, Virginia. Southern States manufacturers and distributes feed, seed, fertilizer, and petroleum products, and market gains through out of network of 500 stores in 6 states. As vice president, Dr. Coffey is responsible for strategic planning, market analysis, and economic forecasting. He has been with Southern States for 15 years.
Previously Dr. Coffey served on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley and was head of the department of agricultural economics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Coffey also was an analyst on the Planning, Evaluating, and Programming staff of the Office of Secretary of Agriculture.
Dr. Coffey certainly have a colorful passport. In 1963, he served as an agriculture advisor with North Carolina State University Agricultural Mission in Lima, Peru. While in Peru, he also was assigned the position of visiting professor of social sciences at the Agrarian University. Dr. Coffey has traveled to Canada, Switzerland, and Albania to serve as a guest lecturer or advisor offering wisdom and advice on Agricultural issues. In 1981, he took part in a scientific mission to the People's Republic of China.
Since his time at Purdue he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, Dr. Coffey has been active promoter of agriculture. He is a member and current chair for of the Council for Agriculture Researchers, Education, and Teaching (CARET), a national proponent of Agriculture programs at land grant universities. He was honored by President Nixon with a Citation from Work on Rural development in 1972. In 1996, he received the outstanding friend of Virginia Agricultural Award. As a trusted resource on the topic of agriculture economics, Dr. Coffey has served on dozens of professional committees and has spoken to more than 500 international, state, and local groups.