The University of Georgia and Seminole County Extension office welcomes Justin Odom as Seminole County’s new Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agent. In his ANR agent role Odom will be providing educational information and opportunities in production agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources for the benefit of all Seminole County residents. Odom was raised in Seminole County and is the son of Steve and Debbie Odom, the grandson of Gwen Adams, the late John S. Adams, the late Lamar Odom, and the late Gennell Turnage, all of Donalsonville.
Justin graduated from Seminole County High School in 2010 and was active in FFA and 4-H; he participated in many competitions and held the office of Parliamentarian for the local FFA Chapter.
He has lived in Tifton for the last 13 years. While attending ABAC, Justin was a Founding Father of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Rho-Rho Chapter, and held the office of Grand Master of Ceremonies. During his time at ABAC, he worked as a student worker in tobacco research, under Dr. J. Michael Moore, and peanut research, under Dr. Bill Branch, for the UGA Experiment Station.
After graduating from ABAC with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Diversified Agriculture, he was hired as a Research Technician Assistant for the UGA Entomology Department, working under Dr. Jason Schmidt. The grant-funded position ended and he began his professional career with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Laboratory Division.
He later transferred to the Georgia Peanut Commission as Project Coordinator in Farm and Field Services before being promoted to Project Coordinator in Research and Education.
Justin was also an active member of the Tifton Elks Lodge #1114 and held the office of Leading Knight.
He and his wife, Paige, are expecting their first child in December and are excited to begin the next chapter in their life. Justin is looking forward to working with the farmers and citizens in his hometown. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Seminole County; agriculture is the number one industry in Georgia and the heartbeat of this great county. I want to thank UGA and the Seminole County Board of Commissioners for giving me this chance to return home and serve our community. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for all of your agricultural and natural resource needs.”
He can be reached by phone at 229-220-9833, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the local UGA County Extension Office at 426 N. Friendship Ave., Donalsonville, GA 39845.