Saturday, August 23, 2014

Reagan Bluel Named Dairy Specialist for MU Extension in Southwest Missouri

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
Headquartered in Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Reagan Bluel has been named the new University of Missouri Extension dairy specialist in Barry County according to Jay Chism, Southwest Region director for MU Extension. She and her husband have already moved to Monett with their girls, Ada and Lily.

Here is a chance to get to know this new MU Extension specialist.

Name:  Reagan Bluel, regional dairy specialist

Education: Bachelor’s degree in animal sciences and a Master’s degree in ruminant nutrition.

Relevant past employment: From 2007 to 2014, Bluel worked as farm manager of The Ohio State University's Waterman Dairy in Columbus, Ohio. Previously, from 2006 to 2007, she had worked as a research specialist at Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon, Mo.

Responsibilities: Working with dairy farmers of all types in Barry, Dade, Greene, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Stone, and Newton counties.

What attracted you to working with MU Extension? “I am eager to join and complement the strong existing dairy team to serve dairies in our surrounding communities,” said Bleul.

What do you hope to accomplish as a dairy specialist? “My goal is to keep current on research to empower producers to improve their herd health and profitability through information and dedication,” said Bleul.

What do you expect to accomplish in Barry County? “I expect to continue existing programming and develop around the needs of our constituents to ensure I serve SWMO's dairy industry to my maximum ability,” said Bleul.

Contact information: Barry County Extension Center, 700 Main, Suite 4, Cassville; telephone 417-847-3161 or email at

PHOTO AVAILABLE: A print quality photo of Reagan Bluel is available for download at


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