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Hutchins Hired as Extension 4-H Agent

LAS CRUCES - - Juli Hutchins began work Feb. 24 as the 4-H agent for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service in Valencia County. She will work to expand youth development and leadership programs for 4-H members.

"I'm looking forward to working with the youth and developing more ways they can succeed," Hutchins said. "I'm also eager to work with Extension staff across the state."

Hutchins recently completed her master's degree in agricultural and Extension education at NMSU. She has previous experience working as a graduate assistant with the Cooperative Extension Service.

While a student at NMSU, Hutchins was involved in the Block and Bridle Club and served as an ambassador to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences . She was selected as an intern with the Building Bridges Leader-Mentor project, and worked in the Quay County Extension office.

Hutchins also worked as an intern with STARS, an agribusiness internship funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She worked in Mexico City with the Mexican Association of Higher Education, which develops curriculum for universities. Hutchins researched curriculum programs at various universities.

Hutchins is a native of Los Lunas. She was involved in 4-H and FFA as a youth. "I knew that this was what I wanted to do," Hutchins said about her new position.