New AgriLife Extension agriculture agent hired for Oldham County
Michael Wilkes hopes an internship and his experiences within 4-H and FFA will give him a running start in his new position as the Texas AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent for Oldham County.
Wilkes, a native of Amarillo and recent graduate from West Texas A&M University, spent last spring working on an internship with the AgriLife Extension office personnel in Randall County.
He said his livestock projects and shooting sports experiences through Randall 4-H and Tascosa FFA will help him as he takes the new job, which begins Feb. 9.
"Michael has had a very unique opportunity where he has served in an AgriLife Extension internship in Randall County, and he served as a student vocational agriculture teacher in Frenship last fall," said Dr. Galen Chandler, North Plains regional program director for agriculture and natural resources.
"So he has observed both professional jobs, and I am pleased for him to serve as the AgriLife Extension county agent for agriculture in Oldham County," Chandler said. "He is a personable young man who meets the public well, so he will be anxious to get acquainted with people of Oldham to begin his Extension career."
"I learned the basics of the job in Randall County, and now I'm ready to listen to the people of Oldham County to find out what their needs are," Wilkes said. "I want to increase involvement and provide stability to the AgriLife Extension programs that fit their needs."
Michael Wilkes has been named as the new Texas AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent for Oldham County. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kay Ledbetter)