Rick Barker and Marge Badois

Rick grew up on a dairy/poultry farm in Leeds, Maine, which is now operated by his nephew and expanded to over 1,000 acres. He was very active in 4-H and FFA. He graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Ag Economics and a minor in Ag Education. He then worked for H. P. Hood & Sons before returning to his desired career of teaching.

He taught Ag Education and science at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. He earned a master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire followed by a PhD in Ag Ed/Extension at The Ohio State University. He worked with the New Hampshire Department of Education for a total of twenty years and was Cooperative Extension state 4-H program leader at UNH and the University of Hawaii for a total of fifteen years. Rick has served on several boards, including six years with the Merrimack County Cooperative Extension Advisory Council.

He and his wife have two children: a daughter in California and a son in Texas, and two granddaughters. Rick is retired and lives with his wife at RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community in Exeter, where he serves on three resident committees and has established a forest/land management committee. He believes we need to continue to support youth and adults in utilizing our natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Our UNH Cooperative Extension Rockingham County office is seeking nominations from interested citizens who live or work in Rockingham County to be members of our Rockingham County Advisory Council. The council includes 12 citizens, and a representative of the County Commissioners and County Delegation. These advisors assist Extension program staff to evaluate current programming, identify local educational and research needs, and to consider new programming across the county. 

Nominees will ideally have a good knowledge of local community and county issues, and enjoy the opportunity to offer advice on methods of program delivery and implementation. They may or may not be familiar with Extension's programs, but would value an opportunity to learn about our work in Food & Agriculture, Community & Economic Development, Youth & Family, and Natural Resources. 

Council members serve for two-year terms, and meet monthly (currently the 4th Wednesday at 6 p.m.) from September through June. 

If you are interested, 2 items are requested of potential candidate(s): 
1.    A letter expressing interest, why the candidate would be a good fit, and the name and contact information.
2.    A resume or letter describing the candidate’s qualifications and experience.
Please send to County Office Administrator at ce.rockingham@unh.edu or UNH Cooperative Extension, 113A North Road, Brentwood, NH, 03833.