J. E. "Jake" Barker
J. E. “Jake” Barker, the first area livestock agent in South Carolina, served Anderson, Pickens, Oconee and Greenville counties in a career spanning 1959 to 1988. From his base in Anderson, Barker was instrumental in building the livestock industry in the Piedmont. He led educational programs in South Carolina and beyond, conducting 23 out-of-state “beef study tours” for local producers to learn first-hand from producers, feedlots and processors in large beef-producing regions. He was praised for keeping growers up-to-date on the latest methods for profitability in beef and forage production and for significantly increasing the membership and reach of the Anderson County Cattlemen’s Association.