Mr. Burkett serves on several boards relating to agriculture, such as: MS Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, MS Agri-Business Advisory Council, Federal Reserve Bank Advisory Board (Atlanta Bank District) from 1995-1998, and the newly-elected Chairman of the MS. State Farm Service Agency Committee. He serves on an Advisory Committee with Congressman Bennie Thompson. He is on the board of the Lower Mississippi Delta Planning Commission, and the Crescent City Farmer’s Market in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the secretary/manager of Indian Springs Cooperative located in Petal, Mississippi and has been a member of the Mississippi Farm Service Agency State Committee since 1993.
He is a part-time employed by the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/LAF. This fund works with small farmers and cooperatives throughout the south. He has studied Cooperative Development in the United States, Africa, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East, in working and developing marketing processing cooperatives.
Mr. Burkett is currently involved in 300 acres farming operation, which consists of vegetable production, beef cattle, and timber. He has been active in farming since 1970.