The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Ag

November 3, 2012

Nelson takes reins at extension office

As of Thursday, Rick Nelson became the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service educator, agriculture and 4-H youth development director for Garfield County.

Prior to this, he was the extension educator for Beaver County. He has more than 19 years experience in the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Prior to coming to Oklahoma, he was employed for 13 years with the Kansas Research-Extension System, serving a southwest Kansas county. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him.

Nelson grew up on a family farm and graduated from Canton Public Schools. He continues to have family in the Dewey County area. He received his bachelor of science degree in animal science from Oklahoma’s Panhandle State University. He received his master of science degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1997. In addition, he has earned his certified crop adviser certification in 1997.

He is a self-proclaimed agriculture business and animal science enthusiast but realizes we have to grow it before it can be utilized by the population whether it comes from crops or livestock.

He has a strong commitment for extension, and his first area extension director ingrained his vision of the extension service during Nelson’s first years as an extension educator in Kansas. He was instructed to “deliver current, practical, useful and research based information” to the county agricultural producers. This vision has been with Nelson all through his extension career.

“So, I have continued to ask as I am planning programs, whether in the area of horticulture, crops, livestock or economic development, if I am meeting the mandate given to me by my first extension director,” Nelson said. “I have expanded this to include youth work, as 4-H is an intense piece of the extension program effort. If we can demonstrate value, the youth will remember what the extension service did for them throughout life.”

He is a member of Woodward Chamber of Commerce and serves as co-chair of the Ag Committee, which develops and delivers the Northwest District Junior Livestock Show. Throughout the years, this endeavor has experienced a noteworthy record of great 4-H and FFA exhibitors and project animals from Beaver County competing at various state and national livestock shows.

His goal is to bring this knowledge and experience to Garfield County and enhance our local youths’ competitive edge. In addition, he has served as the OSU Division of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources representative to the Panhandle Regional Economic Development Coalition for the last three years. The ongoing water development plan has been a major emphasis for the organization as water will dictate the future for rural and metropolitan Oklahoma.

Nelson and his wife, Kathy, have four sons between them, ranging in ages from 26 to 38. They live from Denver to New Braunfels, Texas, and points in between. They also have three grandchildren. Rick and Kathy have said they are excited to become a part of the Garfield County Extension family. Please come by the Garfield County Extension Office and welcome our newest staff member.

---

Hobbs is Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service assistant extension specialist.

1
Text Only
Ag
  • Jeff Bedwell Consider safety of forage beforehand

    Drought conditions of the past three to four years and in particular the past eight months had hay/forage inventories at critically low levels. The most recent period ranked as the third-driest period in recorded history. Not unlike the farmers and ranchers of other times of drought, ag producers now have been very resourceful to not only replace hay supplies that have dwindled but also add much-needed revenue to farm income.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Right to Farm web 1.jpg Ag industry seeks right to farm

    The emerging battle could have lasting repercussions for the nation’s food supply and for the millions of people worldwide who depend on U.S. agricultural exports. It’s also possible the right-to-farm idea could sputter as a merely symbolic gesture that carries little practical effect beyond driving up voter turnout in local elections.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • farm - Burlington FFA web.jpg Burlington students attend camp

    More than 1,600 FFA members from 289 Oklahoma FFA chapters attended one of four three and one-half day sessions from June 29-July 12.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • farm - Oklahoma's Dirty Dozen poster 150dpi_W.jpg Poster targets invasive plants

    They all have more than four letters, but they are certainly bad words in the state of Oklahoma.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • farm - Rick Nelson web.jpg Simple steps can prevent fungus infection

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Help plants survive the summer heat

    The July hot weather has arrived, and Oklahoma State University has some suggestions for helping with our gardening needs this month.

    July 12, 2014

  • farm - 4-H_W_W.jpg State 4-H honors volunteers

    A group of dedicated parents and volunteers with Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development Program gathered recently in Stillwater for learning, sharing of ideas and recognition of dedication to Oklahoma’s youth.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Danna Zook cutout web.jpg Water quality important for livestock

    Even though many areas have been blessed with ample rain this past month, we must not brush aside issues resulting from the evident drought.

    June 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Farm Poisoni_Hass web.jpg Poison tested to control hogs: Preservative used to cure bacon may be key to problem

    Hunting and trapping won’t do the trick for these big, wildly prolific animals. So, the U.S. Department of Agriculture kicked off a $20 million program this year to control feral swine, which have spread from 17 states in 1982 to 39 now.

    June 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • farm  - Junior Beef Ambassadors web.jpg Area youth place in beef ambassador contest

    Cash prizes were given to the top three contestants in each age division.

    June 28, 2014 2 Photos

Featured Ads
Facebook