Interview with Kelcy Driskill, December 6, 1984
Project: University of Kentucky: Extension Service Oral History Project
Interview SummaryKelcy Driskill was born May 27, 1922 "in Livingston County, Kentucky between Smithland and Grand Rivers, Kentucky". He received his B.S. degree in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky and his Master's degree in Arts and Education and Social Sciences from Western Kentucky University. He was Assistant Agent-in-Training in Washington County, Kentucky and talks about the duties and responsibilities of this position, especially the 4-H Club programs. Driskill was Assistant County Agent in Warren and Lincoln Counties and later became County Agent in Warren County. He talks at length about the work in the county such as the burning of broom sage and replacing fescue with red clover for effective pasture renovation, as well as programs with dairy, beef, swine, forages, and crop production. He mentions his television and radio programs. Driskill emphasizes the importance of the county's involvement in the Kentucky State Fair, where standards are set for production practices, and states this provides a training ground for 4-H youth in county and state. He says it is the County Agent's role to encourage people to participate.
Driskill discusses the role of the County Extension Council, says it represents all areas of extension, and that it is the base of the extension program. He talks about the Extension District Board, its work with the budget, and the importance of getting to know people in order to do an effective job. Driskill mentions that various farm organizations have been available and utilized so that people had a farm voice in various political issues when Extension needed help. He emphasizes that the College of Agriculture has given him the support he has needed over the years so that he can work with people so they can learn to help themselves. Driskill discusses the need for communication, and updated computers for dissemination of current research information. He talks about his wife and family.
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Driskill, Kelcy Interview by Mike Duff. 06 Dec. 1984. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Driskill, K. (1984, December 06). Interview by M. Duff. University of Kentucky: Extension Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Driskill, Kelcy, interview by Mike Duff. December 06, 1984, University of Kentucky: Extension Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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