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Tomko Joins San Juan County Extension

LAS CRUCES - Janice Tomko joined the San Juan County office of New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service as a 4-H agent in March.

Tomko, who worked for 22 years as a research technician for NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Farmington, said she looked forward to meeting more people in the community.

"I want to work on recruitment and help 4-H have a bigger presence in the schools," Tomko said. "I'd also like to improve communication among clubs by taking advantage of e-mail, the World Wide Web and other technologies."

Last year, Tomko won a distinguished service award from NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics. Her coworkers cited her community involvement, agricultural leadership and computer expertise. Tomko, a master gardener, is the agriculture committee chairman for the Farmington Chamber of Commerce and manager for the Farmington Growers Market.

She serves on the boards of directors for the New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association and the New Mexico Dressage and Combined Training Association. "I'm looking forward to working with San Juan County's strong 4-H horse programs because of my background in dressage," Tomko said.

She received the 2001 Volunteer Excellence Award from the Farmington Chamber of Commerce and was San Juan County's Young Agriculturalist of the Year in 1983.

Tomko holds a bachelor's degree in animal industry science from Pennsylvania State University. Her previous experience includes serving as a supervisor for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association and as a herdsman for Price's Dairy-South Valley.

She and her husband, David, have a son, Jason, who is 15.

Janice Tomko, (505) 334-9496, jtomko@nmsu.edu