New AgriLife Extension agent named for Coke County

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu

ROBERT LEE – James R. Jackson will become the new Texas AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent in Coke County effective June 1, according to Coke County Judge Roy Blair and Scott Durham, AgriLife Extension administrator in San Angelo.

“We are pleased to have James joining us here in the West Central District,” Durham said. “He is very familiar with AgriLife Extension work, and coupled with his extensive production agricultural background, we think he is a perfect fit to carry on the strong AgriLife Extension tradition the residents of Coke County have come to expect.”

Durham said before Jackson begins his permanent job, he will spend the month of May in Sterling County completing AgriLife Extension’s First Step orientation program.

Jackson is a May candidate for graduation to receive a master’s degree in range and wildlife management from Angelo State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University in natural resource management.

Prior to entering college, he was involved in the 4-H youth program on the local, district and state levels and was active in the range management and livestock project areas. He is also a former state 4-H council member.

The new agent has been a graduate assistant in Angelo State University’s department of agriculture since 2010, where he served as a teaching assistant, helped with the university’s daily ranching operation, collected research data and coached the school’s Plant ID team. In 2009, he was employed by the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center as a research technician, and worked   on western juniper and grazing experiments. In 2007 and 2008, he worked at the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, where he coordinated daily Texas AgriLife Research operations.

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