Carroll Co. extension director to retire

Greene has worked for service since 1972

April 18, 1999|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

David L. Greene, the man relied on by most of the county's 1,041 farms as a reliable source of information and advice, will retire June 30 as director of the Carroll County office of Maryland Cooperative Extension.

"I'm just slowing down, trying to get caught up at home," said Greene, who, with his wife, runs a sheep farm in White Hall in Baltimore County.

Greene, 56, has directed the office, a public service of the University of Maryland, since 1990.

He has been an agent in Carroll since 1972, specializing in livestock.

He advises large operations such as Lippy Brothers Inc. and smaller concerns such as the one run by a Finksburg man who recently started raising a few dozen sheep.

Greene judges 4-H fair projects and runs an office that counsels farmer and nonfarmer on kitchen hygiene and home finance.

"He's a wealth of information," said Donald Lippy, a partner in Hampstead-based Lippy Brothers, the largest farm in the Baltimore area. "If he doesn't know it, he'll find it out."

Lippy said he calls Greene an average of once a month for ideas or advice, or to discuss county fair events.

Lippy is the chairman of the fair.

"He was the person you call when you have a problem. He was a great help when we had a fly problem with the chicken house," said Lippy, whose operation includes the county's largest egg-laying house north of Westminster. "He's well liked all over Carroll County and the state."

Greene said his replacement has not been chosen and might not be until after he steps down. "Other agents will take on some of the duties," he said, referring to agents Bryan Butler and Michael Bell. "Bryan and Mike have a good background in all areas of agriculture."

Greene said that, despite his retirement plans, he might help with fair activities in the summer.

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