Burke – Jenkins Ag News

John Beasley Retires From UGA

I am sure everyone in the agriculture community has learned of UGA Extension’s loss and Auburn Universities gain. I am referring to John Beasley, UGA Peanut Specialist’s recent career decision. John Beasley is retiring from UGA at the end of the year and joining Auburn as the head of its newly named Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Department of Agronomy and Soils.

This opportunity will allow John to go back to his alma matter (Auburn) where he received a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and soils. He later competed his master’s degree at Oklahoma State University and in 1985 received his Ph.D. in crop sciences at Louisiana State University.

The same year as completing his Ph.D., he started with UGA as an assistant professor, and five years later, he attained the rank of professor.

On a personal note, John has not only been a mentor but a friend. When I began my career in Mitchell County in 1998, he sticks out in my mind as one who built my confidence and overwhelmingly offered assistance. He believes in Georgia Agriculture and the Extension county delivery system. While we wish him well in his new endeavor, he will truly be missed!


Pictured is myself and John Beasley after completing a peanut variety trial in the county. This was taken just a few weeks ago at Rayburn Johnson’s farm. This was the last peanut trial he harvested in his career.