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Linda Coffey is a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, focusing on sheep and goats. She grew up on a diversified livestock farm in central Missouri, where her family raised cattle, hogs, and sheep. Linda has a master’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Missouri. She is a member of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC), American Dairy Goat Association, and Gulf Coast Breeders Association. Linda and her family run Maple Gorge Farm near Prairie Grove, Ark., raising sheep, dairy goats, and a few laying hens. A couple of calves, three livestock guardian dogs, and occasionally hogs complete the farm.
Linda has been busy this fall, traveling the Southeast region to learn and share information about raising small ruminants sustainably. In mid-September Linda attended the 2013 National Goat Conference, an event hosted by North Carolina A&T University and sponsored by the National Goat Consortium. More than 400 people attended from 22 states. In early October, Linda headed north to the Mid-Missouri Browsing Academy, held at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Among the resources that Browsing Academy participants received was the “Small Ruminant Toolbox,” a jumpdrive full of electronic resources which Linda helped produce. And just before Halloween, Linda traveled to Fort Valley State University in Georgia for the annual fall meeting of the ACSRPC.
Linda will continue to rack up the frequent flyer miles in the next month. She’ll speak at the Empowering Women Veterans conference this week in Louisville, Ky., and in December she’ll return to her home state to speak at the Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville. If you see Linda at any of these events, be sure to stop and say hello!