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Otero County Extension Office welcomes new agriculture agent

A new agriculture agent has joined New Mexico State University?s Otero County Cooperative Extension Service Office to serve the county. Sidney (Sid) Gordon has plenty of experience in 4-H and animal health, but is excited for the new opportunity.


Otero County Cooperative Extension Service?s newly hired agriculture agent Sidney Gordon is glad to be working in his home town and ready to help the county?s a
Otero County Cooperative Extension Service?s newly hired agriculture agent Sidney Gordon is glad to be working in his home town and ready to help the county?s agricultural producers. (NMSU photo by Darrell Pehr)

Gordon graduated from New Mexico State University in 1984, earning a bachelor?s degree in animal science. He then went to work as the 4-H agent in Lincoln County, where he served from 1985-1991, and got his master?s degree in agriculture and extension education in the process.

From 1991?1993 Gordon lived in Lincoln County, Oklahoma, and worked in the county extension office as their agriculture agent for a while.

Gordon then worked in the animal health industry for 21 years. Eventually moving back to Cloudcroft in 2002, Gordon was offered the agriculture agent job this summer.

?I am very fortunate to be back on board with NMSU,? Gordon said. ?Otero County is my home. I had the choice of going anywhere in the state and I chose to work in Otero County.?

There are many responsibilities for agriculture agents around the state but each county has different needs and specialties. In Otero County, Gordon will be helping some cattle ranches, mostly cow-calf, but also orchards. In Otero County there are many commercial pecan orchards and several pistachio orchards, as well as some fruit tree orchards that are generally small, non-commercial endeavors.

Gordon plans to be involved in a lot of community development along with everything else. He will also be doing a lot of work with the Master Gardener program and with 4-H youth until a 4-H agent can be hired for Otero County.

Gordon has many goals for Otero County as he takes on this new job.

?I would like to work closely with the cattle producers. I would also like to help the commercial pecan and pistachio farmers and learn from them,? he said.

Gordon plans on being involved in the community and will put together an advisory committee to help coach him to provide and to learn exactly what might be needed around the county.

Gordon said Extension has evolved quickly in the last 20 years, but he is ready to learn everything along with serving Otero County.