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Extension Agent Spot Still Open

Montana State University and Roosevelt County continue to hope that an applicant emerges for the family consumer science and 4-H youth development Extension agent position.

After 34 years of service, Ardis Oelkers retired from the position in September 2023.

The person must commit to earning a master’s degree in family consumer science during the next five years.

Montana State University handles the hiring process including advertising for the position. At least one county commissioner will be involved with interviewing potential applicants.

Roosevelt County Commissioner Gary Macdonald said MSU officials discussed possible stopgap solutions during a meeting last week.

The county pays a percentage of the Extension agent’s salary and provides the building for Extension services.

“It’s a good service to the farmers and all people,” Macdonald said. “If people want information for gardening or anything else, they are there for everybody.”

Wendy Becker is Roosevelt County’s Extension agriculture agent.

“Wendy is taking it all on right now,” Macdonald said.

Roosevelt County also has the benefit of long-time administrative assistant Judy Heupel in the Extension office.

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