Zionsville Times Sentinel

April 24, 2013

Akers to conclude 34-year career in July

By Rod Rose
For the Times Sentinel

Lebanon — Doug Akers will retire this July as a Purdue Extension Educator for Boone County, concluding a 34-year career with Purdue, 30 of them here.

“I’m still going to do volunteer work, including the Boone County 4-H poultry project,” Akers said recently in his office, which is adorned with a miniature hay bale and a strip of wall paper in Purdue colors, and where poultry show ribbons and trophies mingle with plaques honoring his achievements.

Travel, from a nearly year-round home in Gulf Shores, Ala.; attending to his business selling exhibition poultry; volunteering with poultry shows here and in Alabama; and continuing an interest in gardening will occupy his time after his July 31 retirement.

His interest in poultry goes back to childhood.

“When I was a kid on Grandma and Grandpa’s farm, I would help gather eggs,” he said. For a while he raised ducks, but never entered them in exhibitions.

While earning his master’s degree, Akers was a full-time research assistant at Purdue University. He found full-time work as an extension educator in agriculture and natural resources, with Boone County being his first assignment. In 1992, he was named county extension director.

It’s unusual for an extension educator to spend an entire career in one county, he said, but he’s grateful he did.

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