By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
In need of some agricultural assistance? Maybe there is an unidentified bug flying around your garden, or perhaps your plants are mysteriously dying and you are not sure why. If so, then Dan Fenneman is your man. Fenneman works for the University of Florida Madison County Extension Office as Extension Agent I of Agriculture.
Dan Fenneman and his wife, Lisa, have lived in Madison for the majority of their lives. They have three children; two sons, Joshua and Jordon, and a daughter, Emily. Dan moved to Madison in the early 70’s when his dad began working for Dixie Packers. Fenneman said, “I love Madison because it is such a family as well as a community.”
In 1985, Dan graduated from the University of Florida. Following graduation he worked for Goldkist Poultry as well as the Georgia Bo weavil Eradication Program. Then a few years ago Fenneman got the chance to work for the University of Florida Madison County Extension Office. August will be Fenneman’s third year at the office.
At the UF Extension Office, their job is to educate the community about agriculture. They can do everything from identifying bugs to soil testing, as well as, many other services. They work with local schools on different projects throughout the year to educate the students about different areas of agriculture. One project currently in progress is an Embryology Project.
They also work closely with other extension offices in surrounding counties. Last year, the Madison Extension Office along with Suwannee’s Extension Office worked together to make a pumpkin patch and maze for the children. They set up different stations throughout the festivities to inform students about different types of pumpkins, the uses of corn and many other educational activities.
When asked where his love of agriculture comes from, Fenneman explained, “I grew up working for local producers. I have always had a passion for agriculture. I love my job. There is always something new and challenging to take on, someone always has questions. There is always a challenge.”
Fenneman’s job has him in charge of many areas. He works with the livestock show and many livestock projects. He is also in charge of bug identification, soil testing and samples, natural resourses and cattle producers.