Interview with C. Oran Little, January 17, 2002

Project: C. Oran Little Oral History Project

Interview Summary

In this interview, C. Oran Little discusses the administration of UK President Charles T. Wethington. Little and Birdwhistell talk about the fire that destroyed the Administration Building in May of 2001. Little describes the role of extension during his tenure as Dean of the College of Agriculture. He mentions the growing importance of the Home Agricultural Extension Specialists, and explains that the rise in e-coli outbreaks created a need for people to become more knowledgeable about food safety. He discusses the role of the College of Agriculture in informing people about the correct foods to eat. Little states that his vision of a perfect College of Agriculture would be divided into four departments: plants, animals, social economics, and physical aspects (e.g. agricultural engineering). Little describes the relationship between the College of Agriculture and Extension service, and provides his opinion on possible changes to this relationship. He talks about the unique role of agriculture professors, and explains that each county has an informational disk with the names of professors to contact when they have certain problems. He states that Agriculture professors will usually call the person back the same day, and will even contact their colleagues at other universities to find the answer to a question. Little discusses the value of rural sociology, and explains that their studies in how to get people talking about issues in their community have been very helpful to the extension service. Little states that extension agents are educators, not cheerleaders.

Interview Accession

2002oh031_af630

Interviewee Name

C. Oran Little

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

2002-01-17

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Little, C. Oran Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 17 Jan. 2002. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Little, C.O. (2002, January 17). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. C. Oran Little Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Little, C. Oran, interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. January 17, 2002, C. Oran Little Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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