By Bobby Smith
As I look back on my career thus far, that day I moved to Morgan County was special.
It was the end of May in 2000. I was moving from my home in Auburn where I managed the University Dairy for the past 11 years. But I was moving to my new home in Morgan County. Wayne Tankersley was the District Extension Director and had hired me. Carolyn Ainslie was my County Coordinator and served as my mentor; little did I know that these two people would and continue to serve several important advisory roles in my life. Now as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Development Coordinator for Northeast District, I help direct the Agriculture Agents programming and career development. But Morgan County is still home.
The lives you touch as a county agent are vast and varied, from youth learning to show a dairy heifer, to adults wondering what they need to do with their horse pasture. Those Morgan County friends are always present as I teach new agents to build and foster those relationships. Working with County Commissioners and Managers to carry a county extension program forward is sometimes challenging, but I respect and admire the jobs that each of these public servants fulfill because few are willing to put forth the time and effort given by these public officials on a daily basis.
Morgan County is still home. Morgan County people are still dear to my heart. Thanks to all those who have given of their time and resources to make Morgan County a better place to live! Special thanks goes to the Wibell Family and the Conrad’s Foundation for your donation of $10,000 that was used to purchase a new van for the Morgan County Extension Office. As you can see from the photo we have put our new vehicle to use helping Morgan County youth succeed and learn. Thank you for your gift that will keep giving to Morgan County’s youth for years to come.
Bobby Smith is the former County Extension Agent for Morgan County.