Meet the Agents

Doug Shepherd

Doug has been the County Extension Agent for Agriculture Natural Resources with Livestock emphasis since 1990. He was an Extension Intern in Hardin County in 1970.

Originally from Ohio, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky in 1972. Upon graduation he was appointed Extension Agent for Agriculture in Crittenden County, KY where he served nearly seven years.

Along with his Extension career, Doug also serves as Beef Superintendent of the North American International Livestock Exposition held in Louisville, UK Beef Integrated Resource Management (IRM) Committee, and KY Govenor’s Office of Ag Policy Agent Advisory Committee.

He and his wife Allison moved to Hardin County in August 1990. He has four children and four grandchildren.


Matt Adams

Matt has served as the County Extension Agent for Agriculture Natural Resources with emphasis in Agronomy, Farm Business Management and Young Farmer Development since September 2010.  He had previously served as Hardin County Extension Agricultural Program Assistant.  He’s a 2010 graduate from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Production, with a minor in Business Management.  His interest in cover crops, row crop profitability and precision agriculture have led his local on-farm research projects and influenced many programs delivered to the local agriculture community.  Matt is also a co-host of the Dirt 2 Dollars podcast and radio show, which brings informational updates on issues effecting farming and rural life in Central Kentucky.  The 45 minute show releases weekly everywhere podcasts are available and airs every Saturday morning on ABE 93.7, a radio station based out of Hodgenville, KY.       

Along with his Extension position, Matt operates a diversified crop and livestock operation with his family in Southern Hardin County.