Rebecca B. Bates of Brookhaven is the inaugural selection for the newly endowed Travis Tadlock Outstanding Extension Agent Award at Mississippi State University. Bates has been a county agent/coordinator in Lincoln County for the past seven years and is an MSU alumna, graduating in 1987 in agriculture before completing her master’s degree in horticulture two years later. She previously was with extension’s Ag Incubator Project in Winston and Kemper counties. She also was among the first area agents for the Mississippi capital area that includes Hinds, Rankin and Madison counties.
Bates has family ties to Mississippi State. She was reared in Starkville, where her parents, Bill and Marilynn Boyd, were university employees and still reside. Bill Boyd is a retired agronomy professor; Marilynn Boyd, a former member of the extension service’s audiovisual library staff.