AgriLife office names new 4-H leader
March 5, 2012 at 4 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2012 at 9:05 p.m.
Just in time for spring stockshows, the Victoria County AgriLife Extension Service named a new 4-H agent.
Alyssa Smith, a Brownwood native, is expected to start work April 1 in Victoria County. The position had been open since September.
Donnie Montemayor, district extension administrator, introduced Smith, who was hired over 27 applicants, during Monday's commissioners court meeting.
"Victoria County is a very good county in the state to be in," Montemayor said. "Agriculture is still a very important industry here, it's something that is entrenched here."
He said Smith came highly recommended.
Smith, an agent in Bexar County who is finishing up work with the San Antonio Livestock Show, said she is excited to be in Victoria.
Local AgriLife Agent Erika Bochat said the office is "breathing a sigh of relief" that the position is now filled.
"Springtime is typically very active for 4-H," Bochat said. "Districtwide, in the 18-counties, we've got competitions going on every weekend, so this person really guides the youth development of the 4-H program."
With more than 400 youth active in the area's 4-H clubs, Smith's role is "critical," Bochat said.