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The study assessed professional competency needs of agricultural extension agents of Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme (OGADEP). Simple Random Sampling Technique was utilized to select 81 respondents from the four zones of the organization. The selection include 8 Block Extension Supervisors, 12 Block Extension Agents, while 21 extension agents were chosen from Abeokuta,15 from Ilaro, 9 from Ikenne and 16 from Ijebu Ode. Respondents were interviewed on socioeconomic characteristics such as age, sex, marital status, educational background, income level and job satisfaction measured on nominal and ordinal levels. Result reveals that the mean age of the respondents was 46.95 (SD=6.64) with 42.7% fell between 41-50 years. Male extension agents (53.1%) dominated the respondents’ population. Very many among the respondents (75.3%) had degree(s). Respondents were mostly competent in the use and dissemination of Agrochemical machine and fertilizer distributor technology ( = 3.99), and agronomic production techniques (= 3.94). Additional competencies were required in Evaluation of extension programmes ( = 1.85), latest communication technology (x = 1.83), and; statistical analysis ( = 1.80) among others. Barrier to competency acquisition include insufficient funds ( = 2.26), lack of training opportunities ( = 2.16), increased work load in the offices ( = 2.13). Employees are recommended for needed trainings while fund should be made available to staff for their welfare in order to improve their competency levels.