Oral history; interview with Dr. Bill M. Swoope, June 11, 2012, Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Dr. Swoope was born in 1931 in Lowndes County, Mississippi. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at MSU. In total, his years of service to Mississippi State come to 30. During that time he was an Extension Agricultural Agent in Attala County, Mississippi for four years, and for 26 years he was a Livestock Specialist with the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service’s Animal Science Department. He is a U.S. Army Veteran. He started working as an Extension Agent in 1956 and retired from Mississippi State in 1986. In 1977, Swoope, along with many other Extension workers, moved out of the Lloyd-Ricks Building and into the newly-built Bost Extension Center. In this interview, Swoope reminisces about his first experiences in the late 1930s with MSU through the Extension Service and 4-H, discusses many, many of the people who worked in the different departments housed in Lloyd-Ricks, and talks about testing and selling bulls.
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