I started working for OSU Extension in 1979 as a field scout for the IPM program and in 1981 began working as a crop consultant working with alfalfa, peanut, and wheat growers. In 1984 I began working for Cargill, Inc. and held many positions in several different states over the next 9 years and came back to OSU Extension in 1993 where I have served as the Extension Educator Agriculture in Caddo County for 27 years.
Until the FSA peanut program ended in 2002, I worked with many peanut production issues including no-till peanuts. Caddo County has the most cow/calf producers of any county and produce a lot of forage for hay. I spend much of my time advising farmers and cattle producers on how to manage hay production to avoid nitrate toxicity and prussic acid poisoning. I am also secretary of the Caddo County Cattlemen’s and arrange for educational programs for our members. I have also taught the CME Commodity Marketing training several times over the years, mostly in Caddo County but also in Grady, and Canadian County. I have provided several gardening presentations and started the Caddo County Farmers Market in 1996. I have a monthly newsletter that has continued since I started in 1993 which provides local residents with upcoming agriculture based programs that are occurring in our area.
I originated the Oklahoma Irrigation Conference in 2014 and it has progressed into a moving conference that has rotated among the 3 primary irrigation areas each year. Making producers aware of water right issues, irrigation pump efficiency, and aware of new cost saving technology is a goal of the conference.
I have a 30 minute radio program called ‘Up with the Chickens’ that I record weekly for KACO 98.5. It began in April of 2019 and I have discussed numerous agriculture and community events as well as interviewed numerous local leaders and extension specialists on the program.
I also work with 4-H in Caddo County, assist with the county livestock events, handle the 4-H Volunteer Leader Training and Leader Enrollment, and assist with numerous other annual 4-H events.