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Bootheel man returning home as director of research center

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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Trent Haggard
PORTAGEVILLE -- Trent Haggard is coming home to the Bootheel. On July 16, he'll report to work as the new director of the T.E. "Jake" Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville.

Haggard grew up on his family's farm in Pemiscot County, where he was involved in all aspects of the 3,200-acre operation, growing core Bootheel crops: rice, cotton, soybeans, wheat and corn.

He spent the last 18 years working for Case New Holland Global (formerly Case IH), most recently as the U.S. sales and marketing manager for cotton harvesting.

Haggard's career has taken him across the U.S., from the heartland in Memphis, west to Denver, south to Baton Rouge and most recently in Racine, Wis. His diverse experiences have afforded him the opportunity to connect with farmers in several states. "I loved being involved selling tangible products engineered and designed based on producer feedback and to provide them with tools that help them be more productive in their agriculture operations," Haggard said.

The opportunity to come home in this role is an amalgamation of his passions, Haggard said. "I grew up at the DC (Delta Center) and my father and grandfather were very serious about the need for the center and how it can benefit agriculture here and around the world," Haggard said. "It's time for me to pick up that baton."

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