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Hoover to lead Extensionís Southeast District

Greg Hoover

Greg Hoover, County Extension Director in Davie County, has been named the Extension director for the state’s Southeast District. Hoover replaces Danny Shaw, who retired last July.

Hoover, who came to North Carolina from Indiana in 1981, is a 1993 graduate of N.C. State University with a master’s degree in crop science. He earned his 1978 bachelor’s degree in agricultural mechanization from Purdue University. From 1978 to 1980 he farmed with his father and brother on the 700-acre family farm in Tipton, Ind. He moved to Bladen County, N.C., in 1981, where he raised corn and soybeans and supervised a 500-acre farmland clearing operation till 1985, when he became an agricultural Extension agent, serving Lincoln and then Catawba county till 1995.

From 1995 to 2003, he worked with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Headquartered in the Guilford County Extension Center, he served 10 counties in support of the university’s Farm Business Management System. He also served as a horticulture Extension agent from 1998 to 2003 in Davie County, before becoming Davie County’s Extension director in 2003.

During his career, he has overseen programming and activities ranging from consumer and commercial horticulture and environmental sciences to improved farmer skills in accounting and tax management; from water-quality, pesticide and waste management education to community resource development; from field crops and tobacco to youth programs and Master Gardener initiatives.

He is currently state treasurer for the North Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents, national chair of the Teaching and Education Technology Committee for the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Association and president-elect for the Epsilon Sigma Phi Xi chapter.

Hoover and his wife, Carol, live in Winston-Salem and have two grown daughters. His objective as district director is to “support county directors in ways to enable them and their staffs to succeed and to continue to strengthen stakeholder relationships,” he says, while serving as “a valued resource and member of the state Cooperative Extension administrative team.”    —Terri Leith