Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES--Craig Painter, a native of Florida, is the new 4-H agent for San Juan County's Cooperative Extension Service.
Painter, who began work in January, will be involved with youth and agriculture and plans to have the 4-H and FFA organizations work together.
"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to work with youth of San Juan County and make the best better, as well as be a part of the San Juan County Extension team," Painter said.
Painter worked as the vocational agriculture teacher in Aztec for the past two years. While there, he trained the first place livestock evaluation and second place meats evaluation teams in the state, as well as the sixth place national agricultural issues team.
From 1994 to 1996, Painter was the agriculture teacher in Corona, and from 1987 to 1994, he taught at Bartow High School in Polk County, Fla. During college, he worked at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron.
Painter received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University in 1987. He is a member of the National Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association.
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