By Sean Bessin
Intern for Madison County Ag Extension
My name is Sean Bessin and I am a recent graduate from the University of Kentucky, with a bachelor’s degree in animal science.
I am really excited to have the opportunity to intern at the Madison County Extension Office with Brandon Sears, the Madison County Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. I will be interning at the extension office through the spring and summer until the end of August.
I grew up in Fayette County and have always enjoyed agriculture and everything that it entails.
I have grown produce for farmers’ markets, kept bees, and I have a few cows.
I have experience working on the University of Kentucky’s Horticulture Research Farm, as well as their swine research facility.
I am excited to learn more about Madison County and to be able to work with people in and around the agricultural community.
My father, Ric Bessin, is an extension faculty member for entomology at the University of Kentucky.
Growing up, I learned early on what he does and his involvement in extension. As well, I learned a little bit about how extension works with respect to how specialists interact with agents, and share information with them and others in the community.
I am excited to be able to intern with Brandon and see how extension programs are administered at the county level.
Our mission at the Madison County Cooperative Extension Service is to serve as a link between Madison County and the state’s land grant universities to help our residents improve their lives through educational programs that focus on local issues and needs.
Over the coming months, I look forward to getting to meet and know the community and its producers.
During the course of the summer, I plan to conduct a project with several beef producers around the county focusing on pinkeye occurrences in our area.
I hope to have some figures that may show possible correlations between pinkeye and on-farm practices that help prevent pinkeye.
I hope to add value to Madison County Extension Office as well as help the agricultural community of Madison County.
Educational programs at the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.