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Carl Stafford

Senior Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Animal Science


To find solutions to locally identified problems facing agriculture. These come through grass roots input by committees, individuals and groups who have vested interests.  Emerging issues are identified and lead to programming and delivery of available research solutions. The animal science specialty involves significant time spent on focused programming while needs outside this area expand responsibilities further. Serving a diverse clientele base puts Extension at the crossroads of change when it matters, helping find solutions with a net income focus offering long term sustainability.      


Livestock Forages – improve forage utilization by livestock to support sustainability.   

Beef Cattle Management – market driven cattle management impacting feeder cattle.   

Dairy Profitability – cost of production focus dealing with variable milk income.  

Pest Management – pest solutions for crops, forages, horticulture and forestry.

Youth Education – guidance in livestock projects, team competitions and shows. 

Horticulture - greens industry, vegetables, and home horticulture with Master Gardeners.    

Disaster Assessment – assess and report agricultural damage to government officials.   

Nutrient Management – nutrient analysis and allocation to support agronomic practices.      

Volunteers - leadership councils, boards and producer groups supported.      

Contacts Volume

2008 - Total – 9998, in person 5823, letter 1905, phone 1498, email 586, fax 186.  


2004 VPI&SU, Master of Science, Career and Technical Education, Blacksburg VA

1982 Berea College, Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, Berea KY

1978 Floyd County High School, Floyd VA


2009 - 1985 Extension Agent, Culpeper VA

2009 - 1991 Animal Science Specialty, Planning District 9

1999 - 1996 Acting Unit Coordinator, Culpeper VA

1985 - 1984 Vocational Agriculture Instructor, Cumberland VA

Honors and Awards

2008 Golden Apple Award, Culpeper Education Association

2007 Spotlight Award, Virginia Extension Service Association

2005 Distinguished Service Award, National Association of County Agricultural Agents

2002 Leadership in Agriculture Award, Culpeper County Farm Bureau  

1999 Resolution of Appreciation, Culpeper County Board of Supervisors

1996 Beef Industry Service Award, Culpeper Madison Feeder Cattle Association

1994 Superior Service Award, Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association

1994 Communications Award, First Place Feature Story, VAAEA

1992 Crop Production Programming Award, VAAEA

1984 Outstanding Teaching Award, Vocational Agriculture, Cumberland High School  

Professional Memberships

National Association of County Agricultural Agents

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

American Forage and Grasslands Council

Epsilon Sigma Phi

Virginia Extension Service Association   

Virginia Association of Agricultural Extension Agents

Virginia Forage and Grasslands Council

Virginia Cattlemen’s Association

Virginia Agriculture Education Association

Central Virginia Cattlemen’s Association

Culpeper Madison Feeder Cattle Association