This article appeared in The Jackson Independent on April 19, 2012-written by Robert Wilson Jr.
As the extension branch of the Louisiana State University AgCenter in Jackson Parish explores funding options, its new County Agent is working on expanding agricultural-education opportunities for parish citizens.
Sara Rogers, a native of Bellville, Texas, said while she never specifically planned to have a career as a County Agent, her path toward it began in her youth as she grew up around cattle and participated in organizations such as 4-H and Future Farmers of America.
Following high school, she went on to graduate from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville in 2006 with a major in Agriculture Business and a minor in Animal Science, followed by a Master of Science degree in Agriculture in 2008. Currently, she is working on a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Auburn University and expects to receive it within the next few months.
"I didn't want to do just horticulture," she said. "I wanted to combine it with my interest in animals and I came across the job."
Rogers said as a County Agent, her job is to work with beef and poultry producers throughout the parish. She also has her eye on putting new life into a few programs.
"There are only three people in the parish in the Master Gardener's Program, and they had to go to Lincoln Parish for classes," she said. She said as part of the program, participants will perform community service projects such as maintaining flowerbeds, for 40 hours the first year and 20 hours each subsequent year.
Rogers also said she wants to revitalize the 4-H Youth Livestock program and bring back the parish fair. "We don't have the fair anymore, but not because of a lack of interest; there are a lot of opportunities in the area," she said. "It's important because it teaches students responsibility and money management."
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture