Henry Dorough, a regional Extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, was recently elected president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) during NACAA’s 98th Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference and Galaxy Conference, held in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Dr. Gary Lemme, ACES director, says Dorough will be a great asset to NACAA and its members.
“NACAA will benefit from Henry’s expertise and leadership, much as the farmers, producers and others he has worked with over the years in Alabama have benefited,” says Lemme. "He will bring the knowledge, commitment and passion to his tenure as NACAA president that he gives daily to the citizens of Alabama."
Dorough previously served NACAA as secretary for three years, followed by two additional years serving the association as vice president and president-elect. He was one of more than 500 Cooperative Extension Service agricultural agents and their families who attended the week-long professional improvement program. In addition to the agricultural agents, more than 1,700 Extension Service employees specializing in 4-H, Family and Consumer Science, Natural Resources and Community Development attended the Galaxy Conference.
“NACAA delegates meet each year to consider business for the organization and to provide training for agents to help them conduct better educational programs,” says Dorough. “We provide our members professional training and support. Agents honor their peers and give special recognition to selected agents who have reached distinguished milestones in their careers." NACAA membership is comprised of more than 3,100 Extension agents and specialists from across the country in addition to more than 2,700 life members.
Dorough adds 2014 is a particularly exciting year for him to serve as NACAA president.
"Alabama Extension will celebrate its centennial in 2014, and we will host the 2014 NACAA National Conference in Mobile,” he says. “It will be an honor to welcome conference delegates to my home state as we celebrate Extension serving the people of Alabama for 100 years."
Dorough holds two degrees from Auburn University. He received a B.S. degree in Animal Science in 1987, and a Masters in Animal Nutrition in 1990. He currently serves as regional Extension agent working in Animal Science and Forages programs in Blount, Calhoun, Jefferson, St. Clair and Marshall counties. Dorough has one son Matthew and resides in Eastaboga.
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