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NMSU's Dona Ana County Extension Office welcomes new livestock/4-H agent

New Mexico State University's Dona Ana County Extension Office has a new livestock/4-H Agent, John Allen. His responsibilities include working with the community in the areas of farm management, grazing management, animal health information, livestock production, wildlife management and agriculture biosecurity.

John Allen is the new livestock/4-H agent for NMSU's Dona Ana County Extension Office. (Submitted Photo)

"I offer guidance to large- and small-scale producers ranging from nutrition, waste management and biosecurity needs. I also answer questions from producers in dairy, beef, swine, lamb, goat, llama and alpaca industries," Allen said.

The livestock/4-H agent is a dual responsibility role. The other half of Allen's job involves 4-H youth development.

"I prepare youth and their livestock for fairs. I offer a helping hand in animal selection, formulating feeding programs, animal health issues and offer the youth assistance in fitting animals for the fairs," he said.

Allen said 4-H programs offer many benefits to the communities in which they are involved. Staff and volunteers work to bring people together to solve community problems as well as to provide a healthy, safe and fun environment for youth.

"I plan on continuing the excellent educational programs that the clientele of Dona Ana County have come to rely on. Dona Ana County has been lucky to have such a dedicated Extension staff and I hope I can fill the large shoes that were left for me," he said.

The Cooperative Extension Service addresses community needs through education and provides the community with practical, research-based knowledge in order to improve their quality of life. It includes programs ranging from animal resources, 4-H and youth development, home economics, rural economic development and plant sciences.

Extension faculty members are attached to all 33 county governments and many tribal areas in New Mexico. They are backed by state, federal and local funding and statewide faculty specialists.