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Jaime Castillo Named Otero County 4-H Agent

LAS CRUCES - New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service hired Jaime Castillo Feb. 6 as an Extension 4-H agent for Otero County.

Castillo will conduct 4-H educational programs for youth and adults and provide recruitment and volunteer leadership training.

Castillo comes to Otero County from the Alcalde Agricultural Science Center near Espanola, where he served as an Extension associate. At Alcalde, Castillo worked closely with Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project (RAIPAP) personnel in training project aides for on-farm demonstrations. He also worked with Alcalde research staff to translate their work into practical on-farm demonstrations.

Before joining Extension in September 1993, Castillo served a summer internship as a 4-H agent in Yamhill County, Ore. Prior to that, he worked for one year as a graduate assistant in the Dona Ana County Extension office.

Castillo has bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural and extension education from NMSU. He was active in Collegiate FFA as an undergraduate, laterserving as graduate adviser to the group. Castillo is a member of the Association of International Agriculture and Extension Education.