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March 25, 2010

Smith, Hoover are new DEDs for West and Southeast districts

Two new district Extension Directors have been named for North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Dr. Dan Smith, Extension director in McDowell County, has been named district Extension director for North Carolina’s West District. He replaces Harvey Fouts, who retired March 1.

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.

Dan Smith

Dan Smith

Smith, who lives in Nebo, received his 2008 doctoral degree in agriculture and extension education from N.C. State University. He earned both his 1983 master’s degree in agronomy and 1979 bachelor’s degree in economic biology (entomology) from Clemson University.

He has served as Extension director in McDowell County since 1994. Prior to that, he was county director in Alexander County (1990 to 1994) and Hyde County (1987 to 1990). He was agricultural Extension agent in Alexander County from 1988 to 1990 and associate agricultural agent in Hyde County from 1984 to 1987. He also served as an assistant county agent with the Clemson University Extension Service from 1979 to 1981.

Among the activities, issues and projects he has focused upon are alternative agriculture, beekeeping, consumer horticulture, farmland preservation, pesticide education, recycling and water quality.

Smith also brings extensive international agricultural experience to the job. He served in 2000 as team leader of a Rotary International Group Study Exchange program in South Korea. With a Hyatt Scholarship Award, he was part of a 1997 study tour of the extension programs in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. And he served in 1993 as Extension adviser to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Polish American Extension Project, presenting educational programs under a new democratic government and free market economy.

A member of the state’s Association of County Agricultural Agents and Epsilon Sigma Phi, he is a past winner of the ESP state and county performance awards. He is also a Journeyman Master Beekeeper with the N.C. Beekeepers Association, which named him Extension Worker of the Year in 2003.

Greg Hoover

Greg Hoover

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 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.”

—T. Leith

Posted by Natalie at March 25, 2010 11:05 AM