CONROE — Michael Potter has been named Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for horticulture in Montgomery County, according to Dr. Dale A. Fritz, district AgriLife Extension administrator, and the Montgomery County Commissioners Court.
He will assume his new duties on Sept. 17 and fills the position previously held by Tom LeRoy, who retired at the end of June.
Potter earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in agriculture from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. His course work focused on plant science, horticulture, soil science and plant pathology.
For the past six years, Potter has served as the AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Nueces County. In this role, he was the horticulture program coordinator and managed the Master Gardener Program to assist commercial horticulture producers, homeowners and gardening enthusiasts.
He conducted programs on EarthKind landscaping, vegetable gardening, turf management, trees, Master Gardener training and Master Naturalist training. He also worked with the 4-H and youth development program and managed a Junior Master Gardener program and horticulture and gardening awareness events for youth. He conducted numerous clinics, seminars, workshops and conferences to support horticulture education in the Coastal Bend.
Prior to that, Potter served as AgriLife Extension agriculture demonstration assistant in Nueces County. In that role, he was responsible for the overall leadership of the on-farm result demonstrations related to grain sorghum, cotton, corn and forages. Test plots were established, evaluated, harvested and analyzed to illustrate new production practices and products to Coastal Bend farmers and ranchers.
Previous work experience includes serving as a farm/greenhouse assistant at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, a horticulturist/production manager with Fox Tree and Landscape Nursery in Corpus Christi and a biological aide with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Hawaii.