For the past five years, it has been my privilege to serve you as an Agriculture Natural Resources Extension Educator in both Owen and Clay Counties and County Extension Director in Owen County. Effective Feb. 1, I will become County Extension Director and 4-H Youth Development Educator in Putnam County.
Change can be scary and yet exciting. It has been very difficult saying good bye and letting the many folks who make Extension programs function locally know of this transition.
Yet this certainly seems to be the best decision for family. Working two miles from home rather than 23 or 30 and having the ability to come home to family before going to a night meeting must take priority.
In my first Purdue position, I worked to get Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) into Indiana and had several youth related programs in addition the agronomic programs with producers. Therefore I am not a stranger to youth development and education. In many ways I am looking forward to the change and it will keep me more closely linked to my two boys who will become age five and two this year.
However there are many ag related features of my position here I will miss. Memories from the current position will certainly include the support of organizations like the respective beef cattle organizations, SWCD's, county officials, and particularly those residents who came back and said thanks because something in Extension had made a difference in their lives. The response from folks who made comment about this newspaper column has been one such item which has been overwhelmingly positive and something I will never forget.
Due to this response and to help the successor, I will continue submitting columns or arrange for guest columnists during the next eight to ten weeks.
The position for Owen and Clay counties has been advertised. To view a job description, contact the office. In the interim, Dave Schenck has been appointed County Extension Director in Owen County.
Neighboring counties have been contacted to help answer questions pertaining to various topics. Hopefully the vacancy can be filled by completing the hiring process sometime in April.
Note we will continue with two planned programs locally related to aquaculture. These are listed below and will occur in Owen County.
Thanks again everyone for all you have done for me during the past five years. I look forward to seeing folks from Owen and Clay County from time to time and don't plan on becoming a stranger!
You can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 829-5020 Ext. 14 in Owen County or 448-9041 in Clay County for more information or publication copies regarding this week's column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While most publications are free, some do have a fee. All times listed are Eastern Time.
Feb. 14 Business Management for Horse Stables, Noblesville, 8:30 a.m.
Feb. 19 Clay SWCD Annual Meeting, 4-H Fairgrounds, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 26 PARP Program, Vigo Co. Fairgrounds 8 a.m.
Feb. 27-28 Indiana Cattle & Forage Symposium, Indianapolis
March 10 Aquaculture Program, Spencer, 7 p.m.
March 31 Fish Cage Construction Workshop, Spencer, 6 p.m.