Our “Getting to Know…” series introduces you to our extension educators, both professionally and a little personally, so you can learn a little more about the people helping to extend knowledge and change lives in your community.
Brad Cochran is an Extension Agent for Community and Agricultural Resource Development (CARD) located in Kanawha County but providing support to more than 20 counties throughout West Virginia. Brad focuses on small farmer and gardener education on topics relating to urban forestry, mushrooms, hops, pecans, small fruits and general non-traditional agricultural production. Originally from Winfield, Brad obtained his B.S. in forest resources management from West Virginia University in 2010 and his M.B.A. from Marshall University in 2014. Brad joined the WVSU Extension Service family in 2010.
What was your job before you came to WVSU?
This is actually my first job out of undergrad. I came to State as an extension associate and am now an agent.
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
My favorite aspect is getting to meet all of the people that I interact with through workshops, meetings, national conferences, etc., and learning more about them and what they do.
If you weren’t an extension agent, what would your dream job be?
I think this is my dream job! But if I had to choose another career to pursue, it would probably be a teacher/coach at a public school.
When you’re not at work, what can we find you doing?
My hobbies are hunting and fishing, watching sporting events both live and on TV and just generally spending time with my family.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Not really, but I spent four years playing trumpet in The Pride of West Virginia: The Mountaineer Marching Band at WVU.
What was the last book you read?
Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard.
Name your favorite city that you’ve visited.
New York City
What is the best meal you’ve ever had?
I’ve had lots of great meals, but perhaps the best I’ve ever had was at Crabs on the Beach at Pensacola Beach, Florida. I had Alaskan King Crab Legs with all the fixins’ and just thinking about it now makes my mouth water.
What is a “must see/must do” in your county?
Since I’m not a true county agent, I’ll go back to my home county – Jackson – and say that if you’ve never done it, you should do yourself a favor and go to Ripley for the Independence Day celebration, complete with a huge parade, carnival, music on the courthouse lawn and generally a town full of patriotism.
Although Brad’s office is located in Kanawha County, he can be found giving workshops throughout the state. If you have any questions for Brad about what he does or when his next workshop is scheduled, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (304) 541-3301.