Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


June 11, 2014

Commissioners approve new extension agent

CHEROKEE COUNTY — A position left vacant earlier this year by the retirement of a family & consumer science agent with Cherokee County Extension Office was officially filled Monday when county commissioners approved the hiring of Megan Turnmire.

Turmire, who receive a bachelor's degree in family consumer science from Brigham Young University-Idaho Rexburg, ID, said she was excited about the new position, and especially being able to work with her fellow agents in serving the citizens of Cherokee County.

“I fell in love immediately with the community and the people,” she said. “I am pleased to serve as the family consumer science agent and look forward to working with each of you.”

She succeeds Wendi Green, who retired Feb. 28 after serving residents of Cherokee County for more than five years.

County Judge Chris Davis said he also looked forward to working with the new extension agent.

“We're happy to have her onboard,” he said. “She has good credentials, and we think she'll do a great job.”

Overton-based Shelia Lewis, the district extension administrator for AgriLife Extension Service, echoed his praise.

“I am pleased to have Megan join our county extension faculty in Cherokee County. She will be a great asset to the county and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service,” Lewis said. “I feel certain she will do an excellent job because of her enthusiasm for providing quality, educational programs and working with the public.”

According to a release from the Overton district office, as a new county agent, Turnmire will initially participate in a 30-day FIRST STEP For Success program in Smith County before her stint in Cherokee County.  

“FIRST STEP provides the new agent an opportunity to develop a basic understanding of the role of county agent and gives them the opportunity to observe and experience the day-to-day operations of a typical county extension office,” the release stated.

The Cherokee County extension office operates as part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, an agency of the A&M University System. It is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the State of Texas through Texas A&M University and the Cherokee County Commissioners’ Court, the release said.

Local extension programs extend university resources to local residents by providing practical information and education in the four areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H and youth development, and community development, according to the release.

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