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Extension specialists to present seminars at Southern Plains Farm Show

James "JJ" Jones, Daren D. Redfearn and J.C. Hobbs will be presenting seminars during the Herd Builder Private Treaty Sale at the eighth annual Southern Plains Farm Show April 19 to 21 at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla.

James "JJ" Jones is the area agricultural economics specialist for the Southeast District of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service housed in the Pontotoc County Extension office in Ada, Okla.

Jones was raised on a small cattle and hog farm in southwest Oklahoma. He went to Oklahoma State University where he received a B.S. degree in Animal Science and an M.S. degree in agricultural economics. After graduation he started his career working for the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service as an area farm management specialist. After 10 years working in Tennessee, Jones returned to Oklahoma to work for OSU.

Jones is responsible for the planning, implementation and support of the agricultural economics programs for the 19-county Southeast District. Program areas include farm management, budgeting, market outlook, record keeping, farm business planning, estate planning, marketing, and any other topic that the county educators request help with.

Daren D. Redfearn is an associate professor and Extension forage and pasture management specialist in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and has been with Oklahoma State University since October 2000. He received his B.S. degree in 1985 from Texas Tech University in animal science. He received both his M.S. (1991) and Ph.D. (1995) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in agronomy with a range and forage specialization. His Extension program at OSU emphasizes management and utilization of introduced pastures and forage species. He teaches upper-level undergraduate courses in forage and grazinglands resource management and cropland ecosystems.

J.C. Hobbs has been with OSU's Cooperative Extension Service since 1985. He holds the position of assistant Extension specialist in the agricultural economics department. His areas of emphasis are farm business management, farm financial management and planning, farm transition planning, income tax management, and estate planning. He also coordinates the OSU Farm and Business Tax Schools and teaches the agricultural tax issues. He received a B.S. degree in agricultural economics and accounting as well as a Master's of Science degree in agricultural economics from OSU.



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