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New AgriLife Extension 4-H agent named for Dallam and Hartley counties


Rebekah Cathey plans to draw on experiences from her youth in her new job as the Texas AgriLife Extension Service's 4-H agent in Dallam and Hartley counties, she said.

Cathey, a native of Fredricksburg, will spend the next month training in Hutchinson County and start working with the Dallam and Hartley 4-H'ers on Feb. 23.

"I'm looking forward to helping organize activities and promote the 4-H program," she said. "I have some new ideas that we can look at from the many clubs I was a part of during my 4-H experience growing up."

She participated in cattle, swine, turkey and goat projects; livestock and meat judging; method demonstrations; and served as a 4-H ambassador, and in club and council leadership positions.

Cathey earned a bachelor of science degree from Sam Houston State at Huntsville, and most recently was employed with an animal hospital in Cedar Park before moving to the Panhandle.

"I'm excited about Rebekah's excellent 4-H background and experiences from Gillespie County, as they have traditionally had an excellent 4-H program," said Dr. Galen Chandler, AgriLife Extension regional program director for agriculture and natural resources.

"Rebekah is enthusiastic about her new role and is interested in getting involved with the community to expand the 4-H program in Dallam and Hartley counties," Chandler said.

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