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Montgomery Ext Agent Moving
Monday, 10 January 2011

January 10--  Due to a reorganization of the Georgia Extension Service, Montgomery County Extension Service Agent Shane Curry is moving to the Appling County office, according to the following news release from Curry's office.

Image"Montgomery County Extension Agent, Shane Curry was offered and has accepted the Appling County Agriculture Extension agent position. He will leave Montgomery County and begin his new assignment February 1st. Curry has been working in Montgomery County since November 2006.

The Montgomery County native says this wasn’t an easy decision to make. “I enjoy the people that I work with. It was great being able to come back home and work with people I’ve known my whole life. I’ll miss that. I’ve been fortunate to have one of the best Secretaries and Program Assistants in the state, and I’ll miss working with them.I appreciate the opportunity Montgomery County has given me. Going to Appling County is a great opportunity for my career and one that I can’t turn down. I’m blessed to have this opportunity. Montgomery County will always be my home and I’ll never be too far away.”

Recently UGA Extension released their reorganization plan. This included ranking counties in “tiers” 1 thru 6 according to farm gate value, population, and local county support. Counties in tiers 1-3 will not have a local Extension Agent. Some tier 2 or 3 counties will have a minimum Extension presence using a shared Extension Agent and will have a local 4-H program. Tier 6 counties will have multiple Agents working in Agriculture, 4-H, and Family and Consumer Sciences. Appling County is one of the few tier 6 counties in the state. Montgomery County is a tier 4 and will have one agent to work in all program areas. The reorganization plan also classified which positions were “high priority” positions in order to move the most experienced people into the best position to serve the public. The Appling County Agriculture Extension Agent was one of the high priority positions. 

Curry has been very productive over the last four years in Montgomery County and the recipient of many awards lately. He was promoted to Public Service Assistant through the UGA Promotion and Tenure System and received the King Cotton award for significant contributions to the cotton industry. He also received the Southeast District Young Professional award and the State Young Professional award. He’ll travel to the National Association of County Agriculture Agents annual meeting in Kansas in August to be recognized for winning the state award.

Appling County is a tremendous agriculture countywith a farm gate value of nearly $140,000,000 compared to Montgomery’s of $30,000,000. The major Appling County crops include 4,800 acres corn, 22,500 acres of cotton, 7,000 acres of hay, 9,511 acres of peanuts, 7,580 acres of soybeans, 950 acres of tobacco, and 2,300 acres of blueberries.

Mr. Curry will be missed in Montgomery County but looks forward to his new position just across the Altamaha. He says he will still attend 4-H Junior/Senior District Project Achievement February 4-6 with Montgomery County before transferring over to Appling County full time."

2010 was a great year for the agent who says he’s been blessed and is most thankful for family, friends, health, and marrying the girl of his dreams. 

 

 
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