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New Lincoln County Extension agent has agricultural background

New Mexico State University’s new agricultural agent with the Cooperative Extension Service in Carrizozo is ready to bring fresh ideas and fun, educational programs to Lincoln County, along with knowledge gained through years of personal experience participating in Extension activities when she was young.

Growing up in Sierra County, Audra Lyon actively participated in 4-H and FFA—showing a variety of animals and livestock—and took part in shooting sports activities. She and her family also raised animals on a farm, including Brangus cattle.

“I’m really excited to be in this position,” Lyon said. “I believe I bring a lot of background and hands-on knowledge to the role of agricultural agent and will be a good asset to the county. My goal is to build on the past successes of the Extension program and bring in some new ideas that will hopefully spark new interest and participation in what Extension offers.”

Lyon, along with Marsha Palmer, Extension home economist, are already hard at work reaching out to the Ruidoso community and talking with participants of the Boys and Girls Club there about the opportunities in 4-H. She said they hope to increase membership in Ruidoso’s 4-H club through those visits.

“Ruidoso’s needs and interests are different from the rural parts of the county,” she said. “We at the Extension office want to incorporate those interests into custom programs that will attract their participation.”

Lyon is also eager to meet farmers and ranchers in the county to find out what kinds of information and educational programs they would like to see in the community.

“I really want to teach people about agriculture in general and explain to them just how much an impact the agricultural industry has on their everyday lives,” she said.

Lyon, who graduated from NMSU in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science, is continuing a family pattern of working with Extension; her father, Albert Lyon, was an agricultural agent in Sierra County, and her sister, Aspen Achen, is the county program director in De Baca County. Lyon’s mother, Jan Lyon, also served as a 4-H volunteer in Sierra County for many years.

Lyon can be reached at 575-648-2311 or aulyon98@nmsu.edu.

Date: 4/1/2013

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