By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor
Boone County —
Doug Akers will this July retire 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 Monday in his office, where poultry show ribbons and trophies mingle with plaques honoring his achievements, and a miniature bale of hay. A strip of wall paper in Purdue’s colors adorns the office ceiling.
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.
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