DAFVM Spotlight Employees
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Robert “Tony” Adams
April 2014

Dairy Herder
Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station
Coastal Plain Experiment Station

Years in Position: 32.5
Years of Service to MSU: 32.5

From the time he was a student at MSU, Tony Adams has been involved with cattle.

“I worked at the MSU dairy farm and was a member of the 1982 MSU Dairy Cattle Judging Team,” Adams said. “I also served as president of the MSU Dairy Science Club.”

Adams began working at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station for the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station as a student worker. After he got his dairy science degree, he became the assistant dairy herdsman at the station.

Under his management, the Coastal Plain dairy herd became one of the most productive in the Southeast. He received the Mississippi Dairy Herd Improvement Association’s Master Dairy Producer award for 25 consecutive years.

“I’m very interested in helping young people learn about agriculture,” Adams said. “I’ve volunteered with Newton County 4-H and helped with their dairy cattle project for 25 years.”

Over the years, he has trained several 4-H and FFA dairy cattle judging teams. He has served as the superintendent of the Newton State Fall Dairy Cattle Show for about 25 years. He’s a familiar face at dairy cattle shows around the state, including the Mississippi State Fair and the Dixie National Junior Round-up.

Since the dispersal of the dairy herd in 2005, Adams has been responsible for the beef herd at the Coastal Plain station.

Adams enjoys horse trail riding and hunting. He serves on the Newton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and is a deacon at Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

 

Regina Boykins
April 2014

Extension Agent III
MSU Extension Service
Humphreys County

Years in Position: 16
Years of Service to MSU: 16

Regina Boykins enjoys helping people.
“I really love that I have the opportunity to encourage people and help them change their lives for the better by giving them the information and resources they need,” said Boykins, an Extension agent in the Humphreys County office.

Youth and adults benefit from her work in 4-H, family consumer science and community resource development.

She manages several 4-H community clubs, summer day camps, afterschool activities, special interest programs and volunteer trainings. Boykins said working with youth can be difficult at times but is the most rewarding part of the job.

“I had a young lady in 4-H who was quite a challenge, but she later came to me and told me what a difference I’d made in her life,” she said. “That was great. I was so proud of her.”

Boykins coordinates several events to promote healthy lifestyles and strong finances, including the Healthy, Wealthy and Wise financial program for adults, the Real World financial life skills activity for high school students, and the Body Walk exhibit for elementary schools.

She works closely with the Humphreys County Health Network and the Belzoni Health Council to meet other health needs in the county.

“We meet monthly to discuss health-related issues in the community and collaborate to promote healthier lifestyles in our communities,” Boykins said. “Together we host numerous health fairs and coordinate the Community Health and Fitness Day. We also are working to get our community garden started again.”

When she’s not working, Boykins enjoys traveling, writing and putting together jigsaw puzzles.

The administration for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine spotlights two employees within the Division each month. All benefits eligible professional and support staff employees qualify as part of the pool from which employees will be chosen. These highlighted employees will be randomly selected and will be given his or her choice of a $50 gift from specific vendors at MSU.

GUIDELINES:

  • The drawing for DAFVM Staff Spotlight will take place the last week of each month and be announced the first working day of the upcoming month.
  • To be the highlighted staff for any given month, the employee must have acceptable recent performance reviews on file. Those reviews will be consulted prior to acknowledgement of the employee and awarding a prize. The evaluation itself will not be viewed but rather HRM will provide a general recommendation based on the employee’s past reviews.
  • The employee will be notified by letter from Dr. Greg Bohach, Vice President, DAFVM, on being chosen.
  • Photos and a brief bio of the recipients will be posted on the DAFVM Staff Council Web page www.dafvm.msstate.edu/advisory/spotlight/ and will also be displayed on the first floor of Bost.
  • Each recipient can choose one of the following gifts as his prize:
  • $50 gift certificate to the University Florist
  • $50 gift certificate to the MAFES Sales Store
  • MSU apparel item from Barnes and Noble ($50 value)

At each annual DAFVM Summer Celebration, the DAFVM Staff Spotlight recipients from the previous year will be acknowledged. The DAFVM website will have an archive of all winners listed by month/date.

An employee cannot be chosen more than once during a two (2) year period.

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