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Cox To Lead Lea County 4-H, Agricultural Programs

LAS CRUCES - When Wayne Cox was selected to lead 4-H and agricultural programs for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service in Lea County, he accomplished a goal he set a decade ago.


"It was an opportunity I've been looking at since I was in college," Cox said. The new Extension 4-H/agriculture agent plans to maintain traditional 4-H activities while building non-traditional, school enrichment 4-H programs. Cox said he'll also focus on assisting the county's beef and dairy producers.

Cox is a Hobbs native. He previously worked at New Mexico Junior College, where he was a professor of agriculture and livestock judging team coach from 1995 to 2004. During the 1994/1995 school year, he was an agriculture instructor for the Socorro Consolidated Schools.

Aside from settling in and making contacts in his first days in the office, Cox said he will work to maintain and increase the base of volunteers. Cox is looking forward to new challenges, especially working with younger people in 4-H programs.

Cox said his interest in agriculture goes back to his childhood, when he judged livestock and showed steers and sheep at local and state levels.

Cox holds an associate's degree from Clarendon College and bachelor's and master's degrees from NMSU in agricultural and extension education.

He is a member of the Lea County Fair Board and the National Livestock Coaches Association.

Cox and his wife, Montyne Denise Cox, have two children, Tyler, 6, and Tanner, 3.
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