H. Eugene Ragan
Gene Ragan was born on a farm in southwest Georgia on March 22, 1924. He holds a degree in agriculture with a major in animal husbandry, served a few years in the Georgia Agricultural Extension Service, and sold farm equipment before becoming self-employed in his present career in December of 1953, beginning with farm radio. Ragan started farm television in 1958.
As a 4-H’er, Ragan was the Georgia Meat Animal Champion and a member of the Master 4-H Club. He and his family moved to Houston County, Alabama, in 1960. Ragan was an active Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association participant, tested his bulls a number of years at the Auburn University Bull Test, and is a former president of the Alabama Charolais Association.
Ragan is an ardent conservationist, and an advocate of strong agricultural research and farming according to business principles. He supports environmental programs based on sound science, and supports property rights with human beings included in the equation.
Ragan has used multipliers and other factors to explain the economic impact of agriculture.
Ragan has been the recipient of a number of awards through the years, too numerous to mention here. He considers the induction into the Auburn University Ag Alumni Hall of Honor a highlight in his career.
Gene, wife Marilyn, and two sons, Russ and Middleton, live on their family farm just east of Dothan. Russ is now a partner in the business “Gene Ragan Farm Shows”.