OSU Ag, Natural Resources VP Adjusting to New RoleThu, 02 Oct 2014 17:20:55 CDT
Many attend the Tulsa State Fair to see the youth participate in livestock shows, including Dr. Tom Coon, the newly appointed vice president, dean and director of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR) at Oklahoma State University. Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with Coon to talk about seeing youth actively engaged in agriculture.
"It's really easy to focus on the activity here we that we see, the ultimate stance of what these young people have done," Coon said. "What's really important is to know what's going on six months ago, eight months ago as they are preparing for this and all through that time what they have learned all that time. The discipline that it takes, the hard work, the intelligence, the understanding of science and nutrition and care of these animals. Today is just the final frosting on the cake, but the substance of the cake is that experience that they've had and they learn so much from that."
Coon was very impressed with all of the adults that have had a key role in guiding these youth. He said a lot of people are responsible for the success of youth from parents, to extension agents, agricultural teachers, feed sales representatives and community members that have worked closely with these youth.
Coon officially assumed his new role July 1 directing DASNR’s academic programs, research and Extension activities. In that time he has spent a lot of time of time traveling all over the state and he has been amazed by the state's beauty.
"It's beautiful land," he said. "It's also a land of beautiful people. My heart has really been touched by a lot of people I have encountered and grown to know. It's hard to imagine how many people I have meet in three months and how deeply they have effected me, but this is a wonderful place, wonderful people."
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