New AgriLife Extension agriculture agent hired for Roberts County

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Michael Wilkes, 806-868-3191, mcwilkes@ag.tamu.edu

MIAMI – Michael Wilkes will be headed east across the Panhandle on May 15 to start in his new position as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent for Roberts County.

Michael Wilkes will take the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent position in Roberts County on May 15. (Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension Service photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Michael Wilkes will take the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent position in Roberts County on May 15. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Wilkes, a native of Amarillo and graduate of West Texas A&M University, has spent the past four years serving as the AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Oldham County.

“I am very pleased to make this announcement,” said Brandon Dukes, AgriLife Extension district director in Amarillo. “Michael is well respected for his ability to connect with youth and adult audiences and will prove to be a valuable resource for the citizens of Roberts County.”

Wilkes has been honored with the Early Career Award from the Texas Agricultural Agents Association and with the Outstanding Youth Program Award from AgriLife Extension-District 1, Dukes said.

Prior to joining AgriLife Extension full time, Wilkes served an internship in the Randall County office and also as a student vocational agriculture teacher at Frenship Independent School District in Wolfforth.

“I’m excited about the move to Roberts County and the opportunities it will bring,” Wilkes said. “I want to increase involvement and provide stability to the AgriLife Extension programs that fit their needs.”

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