Greg Pittman grew up on his family's farm in Nicholson, Georgia, where they continue to grow vegetables, beef cattle and hay.
Pittman worked in the poultry industry for 21 years, but has volunteered with agricultural organizations since graduating from high school. When University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offered him a job as the Jackson County Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) agent, he jumped at the opportunity to serve his county as more than just a volunteer.
"I have strived to give it my best shot from that day forward," he said.
He said the best part about his job is "hearing the words, 'Thank you so much for helping me, and I'll call you again soon.'"
Poultry and beef cattle are vital to the economy in Jackson County and, as the ANR agent, Pittman works to ensure those industries are thriving.
"I am working to help educate our poultry community on the importance of biosecurity in regards to flock health and sustainability," he said. "I am also providing cattle nutrition and forage programming to assess and meet the needs of our herds."
When asked what he thought was most promising about today's agriculture, Pittman said, "witnessing the success of long-time farmers who have managed through challenging times while assuring great opportunities for the next generation of agriculture providers."
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Published September 15, 2015
Agriculture & Natural Resources
"If I'm not at my desk, you can find me ... assisting with research on a local farm to help provide facts back to our county and state."
- Greg Pittman, Jackson County ANR Agent
B.S. Poultry Science from University of Georgia
He is a lifetime resident of Nicholson, Georgia.