Extension Experience with the Alabama Cooperative
Employment began September 1, 1990 as Extension Environmental Specialist on USDA/CREES grant funds. The grant was for a hydrologic Unit Area, HUA (watershed) program to coordinate education for the farming clientele in Etowah, DeKalb, Marshall and Jackson counties – the Sand Mountain/Lake Guntersville HUA Project design in reducing pollution in this area from farming activities. The candidate was initially hired based on successful project continuation and funding.
Since September 2, 1990, LaPrade has written and received grants for more than six million dollars. All of the grant driven programs have been finalized successfully and the impact on the Alabama economy has been estimated to be in excess of 45 million dollars.
Since March 2002, LaPrade has served the Alabama Cooperative Extension System as Program Director for Agricultural Safety Education and Environmental Specialist. The farm fatality rate has dropped since then from an average of 12 fatalities per year to less than 2 on farm fatalities each year. LaPrade currently hosts the Alabama Cooperative Extension System web site for Agricultural Safety www.aces.edu/farmsafety/ with the only training program for agricultural businesses and farms that is OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) approved to train green industry workers and farm organizations for OSHA safety certification in the United States.
You can peruse many of Dr. LaPrade’s technical papers, more than 300, written since September 2, 1990 by doing a web search under the name, Jesse and LaPrade. There are currently more than 90 sites and 26 pages referenced providing data about his career.
The candidate currently holds the title of Extension Specialist IV, the equivalent of a full professor serving the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University.
The candidate wrote the first grant application for EPA funding for Radon awareness in Alabama and how to test homes and businesses for radon levels as well as providing training for radon Mitigators and how homeowners could mitigate their own homes. The proposal was funded to The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and LaPrade served as Program Director from 1996 through 1999. This program was recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture as one of ten most effective Environmental Education Programs offered by the USDA Extension Service in the United States for 1999.
The candidate’s current job responsibility for Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is Farm and Green Industry Safety education and program design including web-site maintenance and updates as well as participant training in all 67 counties of Alabama. The candidate has served “Ask the Expert” web-site since 1993 serving audiences that submit questions on Environmental issues. LaPrade has served on the Auburn University Faculty Senate since 1998, serving as chair of the Library committee and the Ethics committee until 2004.
Dr. LaPrade was nominated into Biltmore’s Global Who’s Who as an honorary VIP member for 2011 and 1012 and was later named as Biltmore’s Global Who’s Who Outstanding Agriculural Executive of the year for 2012.
Dr. LaPrade is an active member of International Speakers Network located in Severeville Tennessee since 2009 and has written a chapter in the book, “Yes You Can”, published by Insight Publishing in 2010.
Dr. LaPrade recently designed and provided a new educational program effort on behalf of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System entitled “Rural Crime Reduction in Alabama”. This program was endorsed by ALFA (Alabama Farmers Federation ), an Alabama Farmers Service Organization, on April 25 2013 when it was presented to the President of ALFA and the newly appointed Director Collier who was recently appointed by the Governor of Alabama, Dr. Robert Bentley, to reduce rural crime in Alabama via the law enforcement arm. This training program is currently on You-Tube for Alabama Cooperative Extension System as well as the farm safety web-site.
Dr. LaPrade will retire from Extension at Auburn University on December 31, 2016 but will continue to serve Agricultural businesses and law firms throughout the United States. Please see my business web-site at www.jesselaprade.com