Moffat County Extension office hires new agent

The Moffat County Cooperative Extension Office has a new face. Ann Franklin has been hired as the agricultural and natural resources extension agent.

Franklin, who started Sep. 20, has a background in agriculture along with growing up on a cattle and sheep ranch outside Meeker. She also attended Colorado State University where she earned her undergraduate degree in range ecology and a master's degree in agricultural education.

Franklin is excited to put her agricultural education to work.

"I'm fresh out of school and I am open to ideas," said Franklin. "I'm really looking forward to working with people and agricultural issues in the area."

Franklin replaced Paul Meiman who went back to school in Oregon to get a doctorate degree. While she has big shoes to fill, Franklin is stressing her relationship with the agricultural people of Moffat County.

"I'm just trying to keep the program at a high quality and contribute to it from my background," said Franklin.

Franklin's job is a smorgasbord of agricultural issues. Horticulture, weeds, water issues, wildlife and natural resource issues all come under her job duties.

Franklin is not intimidated by her wide list of responsibilities, she already is thinking of programs she can create in the future. She has been looking into a 4-H program that would work with improving range through some type of club or project.

Franklin plans on providing fresh ideas and enacting new programs. Her main focus returns to the people who live an agricultural lifestyle in Moffat County. She encourages people to call he at the Extension Office and make suggestions.

"I guess my main goal here is to try and sustain agriculture and natural resources while working with the people and accomplish what they want," said Franklin.

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