OREGON COUNTY -- University Extension Month is May 12. It will be celebrated in Oregon County May 12 with a cookout on the lawn and an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Extension office at Alton.
Local Extension officials said this year a special emphasis will thank Stacy Hambelton for his service and dedication to Oregon County. Hambelton has served as Ag Business Specialist at the Extension office for the last 18 years. He will be leaving to take a job in Ozark County. A special recognition ceremony will be held at noon with a presentation of a plaque.
In 1979, Hambelton received his degree in Ag Education with a minor in Animal Science/Ag Economics and in 1982 received his Ag Education degree with a minor in Ag Economics/Dairy.
From June 1979, to July 1981, Hambelton was an ag teacher in Miller, Mo.
In May of 1983, he became the Farm Management Specialist for the Mark Twian area in Pike County, Mo.
Hambelton started working as a Farm Management Specialist for Oregon County in April 1990, also with the role of county program director. In September 2002, the title changed to Ag-Business Specialist and on March 1, 2006, he was named county program manager of Shannon County.
Stacy and his wife Brenda have four children, Aaron, Caleb, Kara and Kristen.
Hambelton received an Achievement Award in 1991 when he went to the National Association of Counties Agriculture Agents (NACAA) meeting in Illinois.
Hambelton was president of the Missouri Association of County Agriculture Agents in 1996. That fall he presented the flag at the opening ceremony of the NACAA in Nashville. Also in 1996, he received the Distinguished Service award and in July 1997, was recognized at the NACAA meeting in Vermont.