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Palmer Joins Lincoln County Extension Office

LAS CRUCES - Marsha Palmer brings experience in nutrition education, 4-H and workforce training programs to her new job as Lincoln County home economics agent with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. Her responsibilities include educational programs for both adults and youth.

Palmer began work Oct. 15 after transferring from Las Cruces, where she had served as assistant director of Extension's New Mexico Works welfare-to-work program since 1999.

"The community here is very receptive," she said. "I'm looking forward to working in the Ruidoso area and to building on strong ties with rural communities in Lincoln County."

Palmer will write a weekly newspaper column with home economics ideas for the Ruidoso News.

Her other previous Extension experience includes working as a 4-H agent in Santa Fe County and as a home economist for Dona Ana County's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

Palmer was director of resident services for University Terrace Good Samaritan Village in Las Cruces for a year and worked as a marketing consultant for Dairy Max Inc. in El Paso, Texas, and southern New Mexico for eight years. She was a public health nutritionist with the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in Las Cruces for three years.

The Silver City native participated in 4-H while growing up. She earned a bachelor's degree in vocational home economics from Western New Mexico University in 1982. She earned a master's degree in family and consumer sciences from NMSU in 1990.

She has two grown sons, Jonathan and Michael.