DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Robert 'Tony' Adams

From the time he was a student at Mississippi State University, Tony Adams has been involved with cattle.

“I worked at the MSU dairy farm and was a member of the 1982 MSU Dairy Cattle Judging Team,” Adams said. “I also served as president of the MSU Dairy Science Club.”

Adams began working at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station for the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station as a student worker. After he got his dairy science degree, he became the assistant dairy herdsman at the station.

Under his management, the Coastal Plain dairy herd became one of the most productive in the Southeast. He received the Mississippi Dairy Herd Improvement Association’s Master Dairy Producer award for 25 consecutive years.

“I’m very interested in helping young people learn about agriculture,” Adams said. “I’ve volunteered with Newton County 4-H and helped with their dairy cattle project for 25 years.”

Over the years, he has trained several 4-H and FFA dairy cattle judging teams. He has served as the superintendent of the Newton State Fall Dairy Cattle Show for about 25 years. He’s a familiar face at dairy cattle shows around the state, including the Mississippi State Fair and the Dixie National Junior Round-up.

Since the dispersal of the dairy herd in 2005, Adams has been responsible for the beef herd at the Coastal Plain station.

Adams enjoys horse trail riding and hunting. He serves on the Newton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and is a deacon at Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

Editor's note: The Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine Spotlight Employee profiles are provided by the Office of Agricultural Communications at Mississippi State. For more information, please click here.

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