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Extension educator hired for Pershing County

Posted 4/28/2009

Steve Foster will bring expertise in crops, cattle and natural resources

By Jim Sloan

Steve Foster, an Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension Educator with Ohio State University, is joining University of Nevada Cooperative Extension to become the Extension Educator for Pershing County in the Central/Northeast Area.

Foster, who has a bachelors of science degree in food technology and a masters degree in agricultural education from Ohio State, has been an extension educator in natural resources and agriculture at OSU since 1995. He specializes in agronomy, livestock, farm management, home horticulture, farmland preservation, safety and homeland security.

"We’re very pleased to have someone of his caliber join our team," said Central/Northeast Area Director Jerry Buk.

Foster said he really enjoys the people and likes the openness of Nevada. He first visited Nevada when he was flying helicopters out of Fallon in the 1980s. He was a pilot and flight instructor in the Marines from 1982-88.

"I like the lay of the land out there," he said.

Foster’s work in Ohio focused on both urban and rural areas of Darke County, which has a population of 55,000. He established a successful Master Gardener program for horticulture enthusiasts and provided educational programs in a region that has 1,760 diverse farms.

Foster is an experienced livestock manager and certified crop advisor. He was responsible for operations of the Darke County Farm, a 100-acre operation with row crops, pasture, cattle and swine. The farm not only provided meat and produce for the Darke County Home and the county jail, it was the site of many university research projects and contributed more than $100,000 to the county general fund over the last five years.

As the Extension Educator for Pershing County, Foster said his programs will help ranchers, farmers, local businesses and residents alike.

"We’ll examine what kind of needs exist for the people in Pershing County and then build programs that address those needs," Foster said.

Foster will begin his new job on May 1.

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