About Rod Shippey
Roderick A. Shippey served as a farm advisor for UC Cooperative Extension in Mendocino County from 1955 until his retirement in 1989.
When "Uncle Rod," as he was known by almost everyone, began working as the county’s livestock advisor, he assisted sheep and cattle producers to improve productivity by better managing their forage resources and improving breeding strategies.
In the late 1960s and the 1970s, he taught practical living skills to the influx of “back to the land” folks who came in large numbers to the North Coast region, introducing them to the established ranching and farming community and helping them to survive and even thrive.
Rod delighted in seeing young people achieve success in raising livestock and other endeavors, and he was a mentor and friend to several generations of 4-H members.
Always mindful of the concept of sustainability, Rod brought both retired professionals and city-bred hippies “down to earth” concerning the economic realities of owning and managing land. Rod’s good humor, practical knowledge, and enthusiasm were contagious.
When Rod retired from UC in 1989, he volunteered his time and expertise to assist agriculturalists in Barbados, Egypt, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Slovakia, Russia, and Azerbaijan.
Rod was dearly loved by many people. It is fitting that this new educational facility be named for Rod Shippey, a respected member of our community whose legacy continues to enrich our lives.