Randy Garrett grew up in the Carl Junction, Missouri area, where he was raised on a one-thousand acre row crop and beef cattle farm in Jasper County of Southwest Missouri. After graduation from high school, Randy graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri with a degree in agriculture education and taught for twenty-six years on the secondary level, teaching courses in animal science, agronomy, horticulture, agribusiness, agricultural mechanics and rural sociology. Randy was very active in teacher organizations and received his master's degree in education administration from William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri. Randy has been recognized as "Teacher of the Year", "Outstanding Agriculture Program of The Year" for two years, and "Outstanding Regional Agriculture Program." Randy retired from teaching in 2011 and when back to beef farming in Jasper County. In 2014 Randy was hired by Lincoln University Extension as a Farm Outreach Worker for Jasper and Newton Counties in the Southwest Region of Missouri. Randy's goals with the ISFOP program, is to see that all farmers that he comes in contact with will benefit from what ISFOP has to offer. He wishes to see that people increase their skills to make their farm more efficient and profitable through the farm visits he makes and the workshops he conducts. He wants to see that all farmers understand and take advantage of opportunities various farm agencies offer. Randy has been married to his wife Debra for 23 Years and has two children, a daughter Alexandra, and a son Evan and all currently living in Mount Vernon, Missouri. Randy feels very fortunate to be under the leadership of Shon Bishop and works cooperatively with another FOW David Middleton which share the same goal as Randy, which is to serve and help prosper the lives of Southwest Missouri Farmers.