Blake Crabtree is the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Worth County, an ideal career for someone, like Crabtree, who loves to work with farmers.
Research is also a big part of Crabtree’s job as an agent. When he was an agent in Ben Hill County, Georgia, Crabtree coordinated research trials that focused on peanut seeding rates. In Worth County, he participates in cotton variety trials conducted statewide.
“I also have some research plots that I’m working on in conjunction with my master’s degree,” Crabtree said. “I’m conducting research on tomato spotted wilt virus in peanuts.”
In 2015, along with other agents and specialists, Crabtree educated farmers about livestock production through the Georgia Master Cattleman Class. He also helps farmers determine when to dig peanuts, which is Worth County’s primary crop, by operating peanut maturity clinics every year.
“In Worth County, cotton and peanuts are our two base crops, with peanuts being the primary focus,” Crabtree said.
However, Crabtree hasn’t always worked in Extension. He attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, and then the UGA Tifton Campus. Crabtree received his bachelor’s degree from UGA in agricultural education in 2010. He then became an agriculture teacher at Swainsboro High School in Emanuel County, Georgia, and taught for four years and helped with the Georgia Young Farmers program.
“Honestly, I just realized that I didn’t like teaching high school, (and that) is the reason I chose a different career path,” Crabtree said. “I enjoyed what I did as a Young Farmer teacher as far as working with the farmers, but I wanted to be more involved in working with the farmers than what I was. I figured that a good move would be to go from being a Young Farmer teacher to being an Extension agent.”
Crabtree serves in a county that thrives on row crop production. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, cotton’s farm gate value in Worth County was $48.1 million, making Worth the No. 2 county in the state for cotton. Worth also ranked No. 5 in the state for peanuts at $24.1 million. The county ranks second overall for row and forage crop value at $87.7 million.
Visit the UGA Extension Worth County website for more information about local programs.
Published October 17, 2016
Agriculture & Natural Resources
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"I enjoyed what I did as a Young Farmer teacher as far as working with the farmers, but I wanted to be more involved in working with the farmers than what I was. I figured that a good move would be to go from being a Young Farmer teacher to being an Extension agent."
- Blake Crabtree, Worth ANR Agent