Farm Talk

February 11, 2014

Eldon Cole honored for 50 years with Extension

Mark Parker
CNHI

Parsons, Kansas — Back in 1964, Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston for the World Heavyweight championship, the first Ford Mustang came off the assembly line, the 24th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was ratified, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, the Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show and Eldon Cole began his career with University of Missouri Extension.

Members of the Lawrence County Extension Council honored Cole during a council meeting Feb. 3 celebrating his 50 years with Extension. Cole, who is currently a livestock specialist and the county program director for MU Extension in Lawrence County, was presented a plaque by council chair Edward Dingman.

Cole was raised on a livestock farm at Potosi, Mo., and graduated from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture in 1962 and received a Masters in Animal Husbandry in 1963.

Cole started as an Extension Balanced Farming agent on Feb. 1, 1964 in Saline County. On Oct. 1, 1966 his title was changed to Extension Farm Management agent. June 1, 1968 he became the Area Livestock agent in Lawrence and Greene counties. On Jan. 1, 1970 his responsibilities included Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster counties. On Sept. 1, 1970 his title changed to Area Livestock specialist, still headquartered in Lawrence County.  On Feb. 1, 1996, the title of County Program Director was added and on Sept. 1, 2011 Cole was approved for a promotion to the rank of Extension Professional.

Cole’s programs with Extension include beef and forage production and utilization, Missouri Steer Feedout, Show-Me-Select Beef Heifer Replacement Program, bull breeding soundness clinics, and grazing schools to name a few.

Cole can be reached at the Lawrence County Extension Center in Mt. Vernon by telephone at 417-466-3102 or by email at colee@mis souri.edu. £