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Staff changes affecting all three Extension Educators in Chase County PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 May 2014 14:59

By Jan Schultz

The Imperial Republican

Staff needs for the new Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center being built near Grant have resulted in changes affecting the Extension Educators that work in Chase County.

Nancy Frecks, Extension unit leader in Chase County, said Tuesday that Extension Educator Robert Tigner will be moved to the Red Willow County Extension office in McCook effective June 1.

As of Oct. 1, both Extension Educators Frecks and Kimberly Cook will be moved from service in Chase County, but continue as Extension Educators in Dundy, Hayes and Hitchcock Counties.

Debbie Kuenning will assume the 4-H and youth programming for Chase and Perkins Counties. She is married to Lance Kuenning, and the family has moved back to this area.

Frecks, who’s served Chase County for nine years, specializes in family and consumer science, while Cook’s focus has been 4-H and youth programming. Cook has worked in Chase County for 16 years.

The reason for the shift in the Extension Educator duties relates to the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center that recently broke ground, northeast of Grant.

The center will need the services of an agronomist to best coincide with the needs of the university, the wheat center and local producers, according to the Extension Service.

Strahinja Stepanovic, a native of Serbia, has been hired as the Center’s agronomist and will also serve the Extension ag programming in Chase, Perkins and Dundy Counties. He is an Extension Educator, Frecks said.

Stepanovic’s offices will be located at the Wheat Center, which is projected to be completed by December.

He will also have office hours in Chase County each week, Frecks indicated.

Tigner, who’s been an Extension Educator here the past five years, specializes in livestock and farm management.

As an agronomist, Stepanovic specializes in crops and water use, Frecks noted.

“Things are changing, but it’s a good change,” Frecks said.

Although Frecks will no longer be officed as an Extension Educator here after Oct. 1, she will continue to conduct the Medicare progamming in Chase County as she has in the past. She said she also anticipates continuing some of her family/consumer science programming in this area, as well.

While Extension Educator Tigner will be working in the McCook area, he and his wife plan to keep their home in Imperial.