AgriLife Extension hires new agent for Oldham County

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu

Contact: Austin Voyles, 806-267-2692, Austin.voyles@ag.tamu.edu

VEGA – Austin Voyles has been named the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent for Oldham County, beginning Sept. 9, according to Brandon Dukes, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Amarillo.

Austin Voyles has been named the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent for Oldham County. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Austin Voyles has been named the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent for Oldham County. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kay Ledbetter)

“We are excited that our organization has attracted an individual with the talent and experiences that Austin possesses,” Dukes said. “I know that he will do a fantastic job working with the all the citizens in Oldham County to address important issues in the areas of agriculture, community development, and 4-H and youth development.”

Voyles, a native of Cotton Center, will complete the introductory First Step training program in Moore County during the month of September.

Voyles said he excited for this opportunity to get back to agriculture.

“As a young person growing up in a predominantly rural county, I was fortunate enough to be fully exposed to all facets of the production agriculture industry. This carried through to my collegiate career as I was extremely involved in several judging teams and industry-based research projects.”

Most recently, he was working at Tyson Fresh Meats as the hazard analysis and critical control points supervisor. Prior to that, he worked at Garden City Community College as a food science instructor and meat judging team coach.

Voyles earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and his master’s degree from West Texas A&M University, both in animal science.

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