Ralph Davis is leaving his job as a Kaufman County extension agent, but he’s not leaving the hay and horses behind.
Davis, Texas A&M AgriLife agent for “21 years and seven months,” counsels and aids farmers, works on programs to control pests and feral hogs, and oversees the Kaufman County Master Gardeners Association. Davis leaves his position on Aug. 31 and a new agent will be named later.
“I’m a jack-of-all trades,” Davis said as he was honored at a dinner hosted by the Master Gardeners earlier this month.
“We love you, Ralph. We appreciate you,” Master Gardener President Linda Wells said.
Davis grew up around agriculture and served as an extension agent in Louisiana working with 4-H. In Kaufman, Davis has overseen construction of an extensive Garden Learning Center at the county’s south campus, demonstration and pollinator gardens at the county Poor Farm and a Xeric garden, or flower garden that uses little water, in Forney.
While the county is becoming more urban, agriculture still is very important.
“We still do $70-$90 million a year in agricultural production,” Davis said. “We have a tremendous amount of cattle.”
Much of Mr. Davis’ time is spent working with agricultural producers on the best ways to manage pasture and forage, answering cattle and pond questions, and interpreting soil test results. Of course, there’s the constant problem of feral hogs that he’s been working to find a way to control.
Davis said he will work as a consultant in many of the same areas, concentrating on pasture and pond issues. He will ride his horse as often as possible and do some competitive roping.
His long-term goal? “I love to train cutting horses,” he said.
Ralph Davis was recently honored at the Kaufman County Master Gardeners’ Association luncheon. The Kaufman County Commissioners’ Court will honor Mr. Davis with a resolution at the Tuesday, August 31, 2021 meeting. The public is encouraged to attend and extend their gratitude for his many years of dedicated service to Kaufman County. The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in the Courthouse Annex, 100 N. Washington St. in Kaufman.
– Contributing Writer Karel Holloway, Kaufman County Master Gardeners’ Association