Press Release by David Coltrain.
This column is one I did not think would be written for a number of years. However, I have been wrong about things before and I am certain it will happen again.
I have accepted a position in the North Central Kansas Farm Management Association with official employment beginning on July 29. I will be based out of theAbileneoffice. So that means my days as the Horticulture and Community Development Agent for the River Valley Extension District are really few.
Interestingly, the position I accepted is virtually the same position that was my first interview following completion of my M.S. in Agriculture Economics. The only difference is that first interview was for the fourth Fieldman position and the NC KFRM Board decided to not offer anyone the position and continue with three fieldmen. I heard from a KFMA Board member that decision still irks Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh since Barry put in a great deal of effort to get the fourth fieldmen approved.
I have used Ecclesiastes 3 in the past when changing careers and feel it is appropriate again. Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
I enjoyed the 29 months I was employed in the RVED and feel a lot was accomplished. I met lots of great people and hopefully provided much research based information to the people that reside in the RVED. Over 60 educational programs were provided across the RVED and over 80 presentations were given. My Activity Log lists over 750 calls, emails and visits during the first six months of 2012. Topics addressed show over 1500 during that time frame.
The number of people that received the Green Thumb Guidelines newsletter went from 140 people to nearly 1200. The last Green Thumb Guidelines will be available at the four RVED offices. Feel free to ask for all of last year’s newsletters so you can at least have a garden calendar letting you know what needs to be addressed in your lawn and garden.
My wife and I will continue to live in Palmer, at least for a while. When we leave a position or residence, we always feel that place is a part of our lives and will miss the people we have met and worked with on projects “…to improve their current situation” (my lifetime objective).
For more Extension information and programming, listen to the River Valley Scoop radio programs by going to www.rivervalley.ksu.edu and selecting the River Valley Scoop agent radio program.