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Welcome to Ford County Extension! Our programs present useful information related to Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Horticulture, 4-H & Youth Development, EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program), Family Life, Healthy Living & Much More.
Ford County Extension Appreciation
During the recent Ford County Extension Election Meeting, two local citizens were honored for their work with extension.
The Ford County Extension Council presented its 2016 Appreciation Award to Joseph (Joe) M. Gleason. Prior to his retirement in May, Joe had 33 years of service with the Farm Service Agency. He began his career working for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) in Grant County; then became the County Executive Director in the Ford County Farm Service Agency, as well as the Clark County FSA Executive Director. He has collaborated with extension on several occasions; most recently the Farm Act of 2014 saw FSA and Extension work together to help producers understand and navigate the new program. Joe attended meetings, assisted workshops, answered questions and directed producers in the right direction to get the information they needed. Through the years, Joe has promoted Extension programs, referred numerous producers to Extension and spent many hours working alongside Extension staff for the betterment of Ford County agriculture. He has served as a mentor and a confidant to many ag agents. Born and raised in Ford County, Joe and his wife Becky have eight grown children and many wonderful grandchildren. Even after his retirement from the FSA, Joe continues to work in agriculture as a crop insurance adjustor and was recently elected to Ford County Extensions Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Development Committee for a two year term.
The Ford County Extension Council's job is to distribute information in the fields of agriculture production and marketing, conservation of natural resources, family and consumer science education, youth development and community and economic development. In order to accomplish this endeavor, we utilize a variety of means to get information to the public. One such method is through mass media including: radio, newspaper, television and newsletters. The News Media Award was established to recognize an individual or organization for their support in promoting educational programs. The Ford County Extension Council presented its 2016 News Media Award to Josh Roesener. Josh has taken the 4-H motto "To Make the Best Better" and put it to good use. A past Ford County 4-H member, Josh is an avid supporter of all Extension programs. He uses the skills he learned from Extension in his professional careers both as a radio DJ/host and his photography business. Recently promoted to station manager of Rocking M Radio, Josh continues to host his morning radio show where he promotes 4-H events, the local county fairs and other Extension activities. It is also not unusual to hear Josh refer to his past time as a 4-H'er and various experiences he had as a 4-H ambassador, in addition to his recommendation that the radio stations run public service announcements concerning extension activities.