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Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs

Robert Spencer

Robert SpencerUrban Regional Extension Specialist
802 Veterans Drive
Florence, AL 35630

PHONE: (256) 766-6223
FAX: (256) 718-2049
CELL: (256) 689-0274

e-mail: rds0002@aces.edu
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  • M.S., Alabama A&M University (2003)
  • B.S., Alabama A&M University (2000)

Professional Work Experience

  • Urban Regional Extension Specialist: Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Urban Affairs & New Nontraditional Programs, 2006 to present
  • Facilities Manager: The Agribition Center, Alabama A&M University, 2004 to 2006
  • Small Farms Outreach Specialist [Project Coordinator]: Small Farms Research Center, Alabama A&M University, 2000 to 2004

Specialty Areas

  • Goat, Sheep, & Rabbit Production
  • Marketing
  • Value-added Production
  • Obedience Training With Dogs

Volunteer Service

Job Summary

Robert Spencer has extensive experience as an agriculture outreach specialist with a focus on small ruminant meat and dairy production, as well as rabbit production. His responsibilities are to develop and implement small ruminant, rabbit, and canine educational programs throughout Alabama. He has personal experience raising meat and dairy goats, and rabbits. His experience (professional and personal) help him to comprehend the challenges associated with sustainability and profitability of small-scale and value-added agricultural production. His goal is to develop and implement effective programs with the potential to insure the survivalability of small-scale and limited resource family farms. Lauderdale County webpage.

Significant Awards & Recognition

  • The President’s Volunteer Service Award – Winrock International, work in El Salvador, April 2013
  • The President’s Volunteer Service Award – Farmer to Farner Program, work in Haiti, December 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation – Florida A&M Univelrsity, presenter, Commercial Rabbit Production Conference; December 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation – Delaware State University, presenter, Profiting From a Few Acres Conference; December 2012
  • Pen to Paper Award - Extension outreach through publishing; July, 2012
  • Excellence in Extension Award – The Association of Extension Administrators, excellence in Extension Programming, June 2012
  • Certificate of Excellence Award – Grant funding; August 10, 2011
  • Pen to Paper Award – Extension outreach through publishing; August 10, 2011
  • 2010 Superior Service Award – Outstanding service to Extension events; Summer
  • Pen to Paper Award – Service to Extension through publishing; June 17, 2010
  • Pen to Paper Award – Educational Outreach Through Publishing; August 13, 2009


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