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Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston: Sean Duff is the new agriculture and natural resource, crop and soil science agent with the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in Rocky Mount.

Monday, December 10, 2012

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Sean Duff is the new agriculture and natural resource, crop and soil science agent with the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Office in Rocky Mount.

Originally from Highland County, Duff grew up on a farm and attended Highland County public schools. While there, he joined the Future Farmers of America (FFA), which required its members to have their own experience with agriculture outside of school.

Duff started with a small scale sheep production when he was about 13 years old, then moved into commercial beef cattle. He also worked for a large beef operation during that time.

"That's really my forte," said Duff. "I really enjoy working with cattle."

Shortly after beginning Ferrum College, Duff decided to move to Franklin County.

"After spending a little time at Ferrum College, I fell in love with the area and decided to move to Franklin County," he said.

This past May, Duff graduated from Ferrum College with a bachelor's degree in agriculture with the majority of his curriculum based on crop and soil sciences.

"I knew I wanted to something in the ag sector," said Duff. "I knew I wanted it to be public service. I knew I wanted to make a difference in agriculture. It's been my biggest dream."

In his position at the extension agency, Duff deals with anything from farm business management and horticulture to commercial agriculture production and the local food movement.

"I get every call from field crop production to 'what type of bug/tree is this' calls," he said. "I also help commercial ag producers who are wondering what they can change on their farms to make them more efficient."

Duff said he is focused on showing producers, homeowners and the general public how to put science-based research to work on their operation, whether it be a home or a commercial farm.

The extension office is here to serve the public, and it is free to consult with an agent, he added.

Duff currently lives in Callaway and looks forward to serving Franklin County.

"Working for VCE has long been a goal or dream of mine, and I am proud to be in this position," Duff said.

 
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