Rankin is a native of Poteet and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Agriculture from Texas A&M University - Kingsville. He served as the County Extension Agent - 4-H in Hidalgo County for nearly three years, providing leadership for the largest 4-H program in the District before moving to Colorado County in 2003 where he served as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent since that time.
Rankin is certified in both the beef and pork quality assurance programs, Quality Counts, Texans Building Character, Junior Master Gardener Program, and in artificial insemination. In his time as an Extension Agent, he has a strong record of achievement in both production agriculture and in support of the 4-H and Youth program, including the Willis Gass Award in soil fertility, Director’s Team Award for Superior Service, along with designation as an Extension Mentor for new agents. “His experience and his strong performance record will be strong assets that Dale Rankin will bring to Live Oak County along with a commitment to both agricultural producers and the youth of Live Oak County” said Saldana.
“He has led and managed large 4-H programs and that will be valuable to the 4-H members, parents, and leaders of the county but he also has strong expertise in beef cattle, range and pastures, and row crop production that will benefit producers through applied research and demonstration work along with programs that benefit this important population of clientele.”
Rankins responsibilities will be to work with community based organizations, commodity groups, Extension committees, and local citizens to identify issues of relevance to Live Oak County and provide educational responses to address those issues in measurable ways. He will also be responsible for working with Sonya Meier, Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, to provide leadership, management, and support for the Live Oak County 4-H Program, it’s members, parents, leaders, and clubs.
In addition, they will share responsibility for the Leadership Advisory Board, Youth Board, and programs in Community Development.
The Live Oak County AgriLife Extension Office is part of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, an agency of the Texas A&M University System. Local AgriLife Extension programs extend university resources to local residents by providing practical information, training, and technical assistance in four broad program areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family & Consumer Sciences, 4-H & Youth Development, and Community & Economic Development. Texas AgriLife Extension Service is a cooperative effort between the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of Texas, and the Live Oak County Commissioners’ Court.