Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Johnny Bankston, County Agent

One of the most remarkable people I met when I first got into St. Tammany newspaper reporting was Johnny Bankston, county agent for the LSU Cooperative Extension Service. He was the guy who helped synchronize the farmers and ranchers and growers with the latest LSU research and recommendations. For the youth, there were the 4-H Club, Future Farmers of America (FFA) and a wide variety of farm animals and livestock organizations, all benefiting from the advice and guidance of the LSU Cooperative Extension. 

Johnny Bankston
The article below tells about Bankston's talk to the St.Tammany 4-H Horse Club, sharing with its members the benefits of owning and caring for horses and encouraging them towards rural lifestyles and self-sufficiency. Click on the image below to see the article in a larger version. 

To view an article about the LSU Cooperative Extension and its staff in Covington in 1973, click on the image below. 

Johnny Bankston died in 2004 and his obituary is at this link. 

The St. Tammany Parish Police Jury and the Cooperative Extension Staff in 1977.
Johnny Bankston, standing in rear at right