Keith Lassiter, Lamar County Cooperative Extension Coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent will retire March 31, after more than 33 years with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Lassiter began his career with the University of Georgia early as he worked in research at the Griffin campus part-time while attending high school and Clayton Junior College. He began working with the Cooperative Extension Service as a County Agent on January 1, 1980 in Taylor County. He has also worked as a County Agent in Cobb, Pike, and Baldwin Counties. He became the County Agent in Lamar in 1994. During his extension career, he was a member in the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents, National Association of Extension 4-H Agents and Epsilon Sigma Phi. In 2008, Lassiter served as the President of the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents.He was also active with various organizations over the years including the Cattleman’s Association, Farm Bureau, Master Gardener Association, Soil and Water Conservation District, Lamar County Agricultural Authority and the Barnesville-Lamar Chamber of Commerce.A retirement reception for has been planned for Tuesday, March 31 at the Barnesville-Lamar Civic Center from 5-7 p.m. A book of letters from friends and colleagues is being assembled. For more detailed information regarding this event, call the Lamar County Extension office at 770-358-5163.