SEYMOUR – Martin Shaw of Lubbock has been hired as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent in Baylor County, beginning Feb. 1, according to Miles Dabovich, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Vernon.
Dabovich said Shaw will spend his first month working in Wilbarger County with Landon Reagan, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent there.
“We are excited to bring Martin on to the District 3 team,” Dabovich said. “He brings a great background to the 4-H program and from growing up in agriculture. His college experience on judging teams and activities will give him an edge in developing a strong Extension program in Baylor County.”
Shaw, a native of Escalon, Calif., earned his associate degree from Clarendon Junior College in Clarendon and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Tech University. He previously worked as a student worker in the meat lab and graduate assistant in the agricultural education department at Texas Tech, as well as a livestock intern at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.
Shaw said this new position is something he looks forwards to doing, aiding the 4-H youth with his prior experiences, and learning the area agriculture to help develop and strengthen programs that will help producers.
“I grew up in agricultural production, where I lived on an almond ranch and raised club lambs and market hogs,” he said. “I was very active within my 4-H and FFA programs and helped guide many of my fellow students with their supervised agricultural experience projects.”
During college, Shaw said he was active on the livestock evaluation team, meat animal evaluation team and meat science quiz bowl teams, in addition to taking many agricultural education courses and program development courses “that should allow me to work effectively with adults as well as youth.”