My name is Jake Hadfield and I am the new Agriculture Extension Agent here in Cache County. I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of Utah State University Extension and to work here in Cache County with local agricultural producers.
I have been involved with agriculture from a young age. I was born and raised in Lehi on a small beef operation. I loved being involved in agriculture and spent many early hours, and almost every weekend, helping my dad work cows, cut hay or do other chores. Growing up, I had the opportunity to show livestock, mainly marketing steers in both 4-H and Future Farmers of America. The agriculture experiences that I had while in my youth helped develop a passion for all things agriculture.
My academic path first took me to Snow College in Ephraim and then I decided to come north to USU, where I got my Bachelor of Science in animal science. During this time, I learned how much I enjoyed agriculture research. I had the opportunity to study beef and sheep nutrition as an undergraduate researcher.
So it was not a hard decision to further my education and get my Master of Science in animal nutrition. My research for this degree involved raising replacement dairy heifers on pastures at the USU Intermountain Irrigated Pasture Project in Lewiston. This project had many different components of agriculture including grazing management and animal husbandry. My specialty throughout this project was the animal component where I had the opportunity to work with jersey heifers — quite a change from the beef animals I had become acquainted with.
I enjoyed this project immensely, and further fueled my desire to pursue a career where I could continue with agricultural research. Fortunately, after graduating this May, the opportunity to work with USU Extension in Cache County became available. I applied and, well, the rest is history.
My wife and I are excited to live and start our family here in Cache County. Being part of a great community is important to us and that’s exactly what we found here.
Don’t be afraid to drop by and visit me at the Extension office, located on the the west side of the County Administration Building, 179 N. Main Street, Suite 111, in Logan. You may also give me a call if you have any questions at 435-752-6263 ext. 1574 or email me at email@example.com. I look forward to getting to know all of you better.