You've seen his name and seen his picture, even if you don't live anywhere near Morgan County. Chris Parker is the Morgan County Purdue University Extension ag educator. However, he will be retiring and leaving that post at the end of this year.
Parker, a Morgan County native, has served 31 years in the Purdue Extension system. He has served most of it in Morgan County. Parker attended Indian Creek High School located near Trafalgar in neighboring Johnson County, where he played basketball. He and his wife, Susan, currently live near Morgantown.
You will likely recognize Parker because he writes "Forage Notes" which appears in most issues of Indiana Prairie Farmer. He was chosen to write the column because working in a county at the gateway to southern Indiana, with lots of rolling land, he has considerable experience learning about, teaching and working with farmers and livestock producers on forages. He selects a topic for each issue that he believes fits with what's happening in the real world of forages at that time.
Parker also operates a small family farm, which is devoted primarily to forages and beef cattle. It also has woods where he raises timber. Parker has served as a source for several stories on woodlot management and timber stand improvement practices, especially within the past year.
Even if you haven't seen his picture, you may recognize his name. With three decades of Extension experience working with farmers, he makes a great choice as a columnist for the Profit Planners column which appears in both Indiana Prairie Farmer and Prairie Farmer magazines in the Farm Management section.
Parker will continue to write Forage Notes and serve as a columnist for Profit Planners as he enters the next phase in his life.
If you live near Morgan County, you're invited to congratulate him in person and thank him for his service at a reception scheduled to be held in his honor on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, from 1 to 4 p.m. EST. The reception will be held in the Morgan County Extension Office in the Lucille Sadler room. Everyone is welcome.
If you would like to drop him a line, you can reach him through the rest of the year at: firstname.lastname@example.org.