Why are you running for Extension Council?
I am running for Extension Council because I am passionate about agriculture and education and bringing more awareness to all that Warren County Extension has to offer!
I believe that we should be lifelong learners from an early age and Extension provides programming for everyone. As a 4-H alum, a former Clover Kids leader, and the parent of two current 4-H’ers, I have had a front seat view of some of the programming and seek to make it even more inclusive and build upon the great work that has already been done.
What are the top three things you'd like to see happen with Warren County Extension?
I think a lot of great work is already going on and do not want to discount that. A few things that are top of mind for me are:
1- A re-launch of the Warren County Women in Ag group-I think it’s important to support everyone in our county. However, there are many females involved in agricultural operations that could benefit from additional educational pieces and expanding their network.
2- I’d like to see more programming for beginning farmers. Approximately 2% of the population in our country farms and we need more folks then that to feed our growing population. I’d like to help find ways to remove barriers via education and resources for people interested in entering this profession.
3- Continued innovation within the 4-H sector. I believe we have several strong livestock based 4-H clubs in Warren County, but would like to partner and find ways to involve more non-livestock families in 4-H.
How has Extension been part of your life prior to deciding to run?
Extension has been a part of my life primarily through 4-H involvement. I am a former Clover Kids leader and a parent of current 4- H’ers. I have also attended past workshops put on by Extension.
What skills, knowledge or background will you bring to the Extension Council?
I have served on several boards and commissions, most recently on the Warren County Historical Preservation Committee under Zoning and Planning. I am a project manager and leader by trade and feel those skills will be easily transferred to this role.
I help run the Women in Ag Committee for my company and am passionate about bringing some of that knowledge to Warren County. As mentioned above, I have
experience with Extension from a 4-H perspective. I am also going back to college for a secondary degree in agriculture to bring my knowledge to my local community and land that I recently purchased.