County seeks dairy specialist for farm agency

August 11, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

A new dairy specialist will be meeting Carroll County farmers on their farms and at the extension agency office by the end of this year.

Carroll County extension agents announced Monday that they will be seeking a new agent to replace Roberta Weber, who resigned two weeks ago because of family obligations.

"We got real close over the years," said David Greene, Carroll County's extension agency director. "She had worked with the largest dairy county in Michigan, so she had a real firm grasp on her responsibilities.

"She did a whale of a good job. It will be very hard to replace her."

Ms. Weber, the county's dairy specialist, began working part time in Carroll County in September 1991 when Stanley Fultz left to take a similar position with the Oregon State University Cooperative Extension Service.

A Howard County extension agent for four years, Ms. Weber became a full-time Carroll County extension agency employee in July 1992. She had been a dairy agent in Michigan before coming to Maryland.

Ms. Weber has been on a six-month, unpaid maternity leave since the birth of her second child in February.

Mr. Greene said Ms. Weber's greatest asset was her knowledge of dairy nutrition and her ability to help farmers adequately feed their animals for less money.

"We will be looking for someone with an agronomic background since we have 100,000 acres of farmland in Carroll County," he said.

Agronomics is the scientific and financial management of crop land.

Job applications for the position will be accepted for the next 60 days, Mr. Greene said.

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