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New State 4-H agent at NMSU to focus on agriculture, natural resources

Chosen to head the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent position for the State 4-H office in the Cooperative Extension Service at New Mexico State University, Craig Painter arrives with 16 years of experience as a county agent from San Juan County.

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Craig Painter, the new State 4-H agent, chosen to focus on agriculture and natural resources. (NMSU photo by Amy Zemler)

?I have enjoyed working as a youth agriculture educator,? Painter said. ?I hope to continue to provide quality statewide events as well as be a resource for county agents and volunteer leaders.?

Painter spent 19 years in Aztec, New Mexico, of which three years was spent working as a vocational agriculture teacher. He trained various teams for state and national competitions. He served as the agriculture teacher in Corona, New Mexico, for two years and taught at Bartow High School in Polk County, Florida. prior to that.

?Craig has a great deal of knowledge and experience to draw from to benefit New Mexico 4-H,? Interim Department Head of 4-H Youth and Development Rick Richardson said. ?He wants to give back to the program on a larger level. I believe with Craig?s dedication that he will initiate some positive changes to the program for youth and leaders.?

Painter received a bachelor?s degree from Texas Tech University in 1987 and received his master?s in Agriculture Extension Education from NMSU in 2002. Craig and his wife, Liz, have three sons who were actively involved in the 4-H program and continue to be active in agriculture.

?My hobbies are my job,? Painter said, detailing that he loves what he does. ?I appreciate the ruralness of New Mexico and helping youth learn to care for the area and animals.?