Alabama 4-H Partner
Inducted May 13, 2014
A native of Danville, Alabama, Ed Teague* grew up loving the land and its people. His favorite part of farming always was working with the dairy cows. When he went to Auburn to study agriculture, he focused on dairy production. Years later that background would help him attain the position of state dairy specialist with Extension and agricultural director for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.
Teague received a bachelor’s degree from Auburn in 1930 and a master’s degree from West Virginia University in 1932. Upon completion of his master’s degree, he worked 3 years for the Dairyman Cooperative Sale Association, gaining valuable experience, which he would apply to his Extension work. He joined the Alabama Extension Service in 1935 as an assistant county agent in Greene County, soon moving to Tuscaloosa County, and then to Pickens County in 1942.
His dedication to his work in 4-H with dairy and steer shows helped bring him to the state staff as a dairy specialist in 1944. He left Auburn in 1948 and joined ranks with the Birmingham office of the Tennessee Coal and Iron Company in their agricultural department.
In 1952, he joined the staff of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce as agricultural director. It was in this position that Teague made his mark on Alabama agriculture. As the Chamber’s representative, he helped build the Montgomery County Cattlemen’s Association from a small organization into one of the largest county associations in the United States. He also served as executive secretary of the board of directors. Also as the Chamber’s representative, he directed various agricultural events in Montgomery, such as the cattle shows, horse shows, and dairy shows at the Montgomery Coliseum. A dairy barn was named in his honor.
Teague had a positive influence on youth. He especially loved boys and girls involved in Junior Livestock shows. He will long be remembered by thousands for his many years of hard work.
Nominated by: Alabama 4-H